Day 2127: I don’t know what to write about hate

Today, the day after the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh Synagogue, I don’t know what to write about hate.  Therefore, I will quote others.

Patriotism is when love for your own people comes first;  nationalism,  when hate for people other than your own comes first.  — Charles de Gaulle

This world of ours … must avoid being a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. — Dwight D. Eisenhower

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works.  All good things are difficult to achieve, and bad things are very easy to get.  — Confucius

If you hate someone, it’s like a boomerang that misses its target and comes back and hits you in the head. The one who hates is the one who hurts. — Louis Zamperini

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference — Elie Wiesel

You reclaim your power by loving what you were once taught to hate. — Bryant H. McGill

Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater. — George Washington Carver

I was taught that segregation was the will of God, and the Bible was quoted to prove it. I was taught that women were inferior to men, and the Bible was quoted to prove it.  I was taught that it was okay to hate other religions,  and especially the Jews, and the Bible was quoted to prove it. —  John Shelby Spong

Hate has no place in the House of God. — Desmond Tutu

I never learned hate at home, or shame.  I had to go to school for that.  — Dick Gregory

It is not anthrax or terrorism or AIDS that is the worst ill in our world: The most horrible disease in the world is hate. — Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.  —  James A. Baldwin

I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them,  but to understand them.  — Baruch Spinoza

I don’t know what to write about hate, so I’ll share some photos from yesterday.




I don’t know what to write about hate, so here’s Cantor Azi Schwartz singing Jewish prayers to the fallen in 2015.


I don’t know what to write about hate, but I do know how to express gratitude to all who helped me write today’s post and — of course — to you.



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41 thoughts on “Day 2127: I don’t know what to write about hate

  1. Gene Phillips

    Just sending love and support

  2. Thank you, Ann, for finding healing words for this mindshatteringly painful time.

  3. Thank you for finding these wise words today, Ann.

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  5. It can be difficult to find the words. Thank you for sharing those quotes. I think Baldwin’s quote is my favourite.

  6. Thank you for knowing how to write about healing and love Ann 💛

  7. Thank you for posting that beautiful link to Cantor Azi Scwartz

  8. I have to disagree with Confucius, Ann. I find it easy to love. I can’t understand, or ‘do’, hate. Thank you for being a voice of peace and love.

  9. The first time I attended a synagogue I opened a prayer book and read the story of a man who said he could not enter the temple because it was full even though there was no one in it. “The prayers offered here,” he said, “were not offered from the heart. Only prayers offered from the heart will rise to Heaven.”
    I can’t remember the details but I remember what’s important: prayers of love, prayers for peace and joy, will always rise.

  10. Dearest Ann, thank you! Sadness beyond words. I have missed reading your blog for the past few months as we sold our house in the NE and moved to SW Florida for good and all. My guy has been diagnosed with dementia. But we’re not giving up without the fight of our lives. Yesterday’s abomination has had a surprisingly interesting effect. He’s will to go to shul Friday. God bless us all!

  11. So many wise words hate is something I will never understand, my mum taught me hate was a strong word and to not use it to instead say you dislike something

  12. I don’t know how to write about it either. Makes me ill.

  13. I turned off the television news. Prayers for the victims of this madness.

  14. Somehow when I was growing up I had the understanding that you don’t “hate” other people. It must have come from church, because my mom never told me that. Growing up with my mom and step-father though, gave me a reason to hate. But I have never wanted to hurt another person, so my hate was turned inward. As an adult, 30 years later, I try to stay mindful of not feeling hate for people or situations. I can see how badly it affects me. Some people cannot or will not do that. I lived in Granada Hills when a man shot up a Jewish school with the kids inside. Then he shot a mailman. Unbelievable that that type of hate exists. I figure the one thing I can do is to treat everyone as if they matter-not with indifference-which may help to keep another person from having the need to do harm to others. Thanks for this post.

  15. I don’t like this word, so I hATE it. Sending you lots of love and hugs, ♡o。(๑◕ฺ‿ฺ◕ฺ๑)。o♡

  16. There are times when words just really are incredibly inadequate. It’s a very painful time. Thank you for the video of Jewish prayers to the fallen. I think that’s what I needed. The quotes add strength, too. xx

  17. Pittsburgh is showing a lot of love for one another in the aftermath of this horrific massacre. You don’t think it’s going to happen where you live. And then it does. Everyone shocked, in disbelief and then it sinks in. Deeply. Last year I photographed a smiling man in a happy moment/now his fellow doctors cry openly when they learn of this amazing man’s death-by the hand of one filled with hate. Kind, gentle, giving,faithful, loving, nice people-the words used to describe all eleven. It is unspeakable grief. I don’t know what to write about hate either, Ann. It is unfathomable. ❤️from Pittsburgh

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