The only way you can truly hate a group of people is if you reduce them to a name tag. Capitalists. Socialists. Men. Muslims. Gays. Whites. Are these people or are they statistics, obstacles to your plan? Sorting individuals into groups and ignoring their uniqueness is collectivism at its core.
When you reduce someone to a description, you're ignoring the fact that they are a person just like you. You're ignoring the chance to see what you have in common and understand your differences. You choose war over peace.
You won't feel remorse if you steal from a million anonymous people. You won't feel guilty for killing an anonymous stranger. But if you? Would you beat up your enemy after calmly talking to him for an hour?
Shylock famously said in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice",
• "Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?" •
Your enemies are human, but you haven't seen that because you want to believe what you've been told instead of solving the problem peacefully. It takes patience to defuse a bomb.
Identity politics, racism, prejudice, they're all part of the modern "us versus them" tribalism that divides society. Instead of different clans, we hate those with different opinions. Such is the modern world, where being a stuck up bitch who refuses to connect with those they disagree with is 100% acceptable. It's called an echo chamber. If your ideas can't survive the Socratic marketplace, then they're not worth holding onto.
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