We have seen hatred on a grand scale and at the street level this week. We have seen hatred propel a plane into an office building with the intent to kill people because they worked for the IRS. We have seen hatred assail two men in a parking lot with the intent of harming them because they are gay. Our community is sick with an addiction to hatred.
“It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to act in evil ways.” There is nothing heroic in Mr. Stack’s act. There is nothing moral in the acts of the four men who attacked two gay men downtown. None of these people were acting with justification against an enemy or a foe. They were acting in conspiracy with hatred that they allowed to consume their minds. This unchecked habit for hatred will divide and conquer us unless we demand of ourselves, our neighbors and our community the capacity to entertain divergent views, the character to live among diversity, and the habit of resolving conflicts peacefully.