Q3c. Do not hate anybody, because that hatred that comes out from you must, in the long run, come back to you. If you love, that love will come back to you, completing the circle. – Swami Vivekananda (10m) Ethics Theory
Love is “an intense feeling of deep affection for a person/an activity/ any living and non-living things. On the other hand, Hatred is an extremely strong feeling of dislike for someone or something.
As per Karma theory, a man turns into something good by good action and into something bad by bad action.” And the executed actions of an individual affect the individual and the life he or she lives. So, what you give that will be back to you. Swami Vivekananda, who was a noble man, prioritised love over hatred for noble cause.
Hatred as a boomerang which can be evident from following examples-
- Hate speech and communalism– If you hate something or someone then it will come back to the same person who started spreading that hatred.
- Rise and fall of Hitler: Hitler who rose to the top of the world based on the policy of jingoism and the Holocaust led to the fall of Hitler after backlash from German society and the world community.
- Cold war power politics: During the cold war period, USSR and USA pushed for power politics led to hatred which is reflected in militarization of the world, patronage of terror groups, and black economy etc. This is reflected back to the society in terms of terrorism, growth of black economy and transnational organised crimes etc.
- Ex– USA’s patronage of extremist groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan hit back in terms of 9/11 attacks.
- Environmental Damage: Denial of damage to the environment and continued exploitation leads to disasters.
- Ex: Western industrialised nations who have been denying climate change and Global warming have been experiencing the consequences in the form of increased heat waves and cold waves (UK and US) in recent times.
Love as a boomerang which can be evident from following dimensions-
- Family values– If you spread love then it will be reflected back to you.
- Ex- Mother’s love for a child and compassionate practices like taking care of old age people lead to a good family with the right values of the family member.
- Fight against Apartheid– Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for his fight against the Apartheid system in South African society. But when he was released from the jail he never took revenge and instead promoted the love and compassion, which is reflected in the cohesive society of South Africa.
- Gandhij’s Satyagraha and Sarvodaya concepts– Gandhiji who promoted satyagraha policy based on truth and non-violence and Sarbodaya for inclusive development (love and compassion for the poor).
- Ex- Right to freedom of speech and expression under article 19 of the constitution which is significant for the marginalised sections’ welfare and promotion of cottage industries and MSMEs as per Sarvodaya is reflected in Indian society.
- Policy of NAM- India during the cold war period was not interested to join either blocks of the USA and USSR. Instead, it promoted NAM based on the principles of mutual respect and compassion towards other countries. Now these values are reflected in the international arena in terms of promotion of multilateralism.
Hatred paralyses life, love releases it. Hatred confuses life, love harmonises it. Hatred darkens life, love illuminates it.” So “Love and hate have magical transforming powers”. The choice of love over hatred can fuel and place the world in the cycle of peace, prosperity and tranquillity.
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