I am about to take your mind on a journey. If at the end you do not find it adventurous, find me by all means and throw at me a soiled blow!
I have come up with three approaches to help you understand.
First, picture a bucket in your head. The bucket is filled with mud. You dip one hand into the bucket. You bring out your hand and it begins to drip. Of course, I do not need to ask if the look of it is irritating to you. Now, imagine yourself shaking someone with that soiled hand. Let’s say you quickly get the hand washed and the person you shook comes back and shakes your clean hand, what happens next? It gets dirty again!
The person you shook shakes another person. It goes on and on like that.
That is how hate works. That mud is hate — it is dirty and unhealthy! The person you show hate to (like the person you shook) may not show hate back to you, it could be the person next to him or her. The cycle never ends!
Second. “Telles entrées telle sortie” The statement in quote is the French interpretation of “Garbage In, Garbage Out” (GIGO). Let me assume that GIGO is not strange to you. In Computer Science, GIGO means whatever you feed into your computer system is what it gives back to you. If your input is faulty or full of errors, your output cannot be any different. Same applies to hate. Hate can never produce love. Hate will always be hate.
Third, let’s do quick arithmetic. Perhaps you detest mathematics and ran away from it in high school just like me; but don’t get scared yet. I promise you won’t have to rack your brain to calculate.
Here it is:
I will be “one brick short of a full load” (that is, stupid) to say one plus one equals one. If you keep adding one to each answer you get, gradually you will number up to one hundred. Before you snap your fingers, you would have arrived at one thousand. That is how you will count up to a million, then a billion and boom! You’d reach the total number of the world’s population. Remember you started first by adding one to one.
That is exactly how hate spreads. It may start small and seem slow. At the end, it becomes like a wild fire.
“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. Just as it is easy for you to calculate one plus one, so also is it to hate.
Here is a quote from Nelson Mandela: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” You have no reason at all to hate. Learn to love. Love is one language that is understood by all regardless of race, age, status, culture or religion. You know what they say? Love conquers all!
Eldridge Cleaver says “the price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.” You tend to slowly lose the love you ought to have for yourself when you hate others. To hate may be easy but it comes with a price which is not worth it or is it?
When next the pang of hate hits you, remember:
The bucket of mud,
“Garbage in, garbage out”
And that simple arithmetic!
I would leave you with this quote:
“Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat”- Henry Emerson Fosdick
Nice write dear!
Indeed true, hate is easier spread than love…kudos dear
It brings me down to Bible passage that says “love your as your self” love indeed conquers all things.
Great write up.
I’m sure so impressed…
Wow…This is wonderful…Nice write up dear
Nice one. Keep it up!
This is an intelligent one.
Hate is indeed existing in an unending chain, it goes on and on. This exposure is simply understandable!
Nice ecclesiastical piece.
Christians are more than love ur neighbor as urself..
They are to love one another
Beautiful write up
Very beautiful write up.
Nice write up. Unfortunately, there is so much hatred around.
Nice write up.
Good write up dear
This is fabulously fabulous. It’s educative and more ink to your pen.
This is a beautiful write up. Very relatable too. Good one, kudos to you ma’am.
Nicely written. Well done dear.
Oh… so cool
You are already known for hitting milestones in the writing world.
This piece is just an example to prove that
More ink to your pen
Keep doing the good work
Concrete points, I must commend. Hate can spread real fast.
Love does it well. I love.
Keep painting the world with the ink in your pen
Keep impacting lives with your words
More ink to your pen
Wonderful write up!!
Wonderful, more ink to your pen darling
Atere never fails to wow me with her crisp articles….
Keep up the good work
Nice write up. Keep flying ma’am
Superb…keep up the good work!
Beautifully written dear.
Nice write up dear. Keep up the good work!
Wonderful piece… Keep d flag up sis.
I love this.
Wow, good work on this,I really love it I have learn not to hate cos of his increasement,Kudo sis
This writeup is really awesome gbemisola. Its a collective call to all and sundry to rise up and tackle this menace called hate. It has eaten deep into our society most especially when it comes religion, tribe and skin color. We must all preach love and your article is one step already. Thanks alot for this. God bless you.
Am impressed with this, weldon.
Wawu….. Never saw it like this.
This is great and illuminating….
Well, a little bit of love and kindness and the world would be a little more better.
This is beautiful, I must confess.
Keep it up ma’am
Wow! Nice one. Keep it up.
Really inspiring,for us to understand the arithmetic of life
Brilliantly and beautifully constructed. All the very best in your future endeavors. Take care and god bless.
Keep inking dear
Indeed a great one, everyone needs this to make the world a better place to be.
I shun hatred!
Exquisite piece of art.
God bless you for this.
Keep soaring with the speed of light.
Nice write up sis!
Amazing with lots of picturesque , good use of imagery to dazzle your readers imaginations
Nice article, i learnt a lot. Thanks.
… you’re worth it.
Wow! This is intriguing! Ride On!
It is a very impressive and commendable writeup I must say.Keep the pen rolling
Wonderful write up. I was so absorbed in it. Thank you Gbemisola, the cycle of hate is viscous and has to end.
Even Hate hates himself and Love loves himself! Why shouldn’t we all join hate in hating himself and love in loving himself!
Pen Mistress keep blowing my head… Good Write up my dear…
This is awesome, more ink to your pen and more power to your elbow.
Nice… Keep it up dear
Great job dear.. Spread love, not hate!…
This is beautiful, Gbemi
Even only love can be spread this way too. Beautiful write-up. Let love reign.
Awesomely written. Kudos!
/Loving yourself is no there, if hate smells around you/ -moral…
Keep inking…This makes to grow.
This is great dear…
Wow, this is a time message for all.
Well done ma, more ink.
Nice write up!!!! Kudos dear
Mindblowing. God bless you. Never stop writing.
Such an interesting piece. Kudos.
This is an interesting piece.
This is truly amazing
Good and captivating
Inspiring! Touching! Teaches Mirsl
So beautifully written
‘A enlightenment piece carefully coated with explicit advice like a savour for all’ Kudos Gbemi, more knowledge to your ‘6’, more ink to your pen and more strength to your arms.
Wow! This is a simple, yet insightful piece! Thank you for this!
Keep doing great
Beautiful piece. It is actually true. We should have what we call the love you give…
You’re right sis . ” you always gain by giving love “.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can; so can love drive out hate, keep it up sis, the write ups great and edifying
This is so true and beautifully written. More ink to your pen, love.
Beautiful write up
Your writeup inspires me
I’m so wowed! this really is beautiful!