Updated: May 14
Our world is full of hatred against "them," — those others, whether they are members of other races, other political parties, other economic levels, other sexes, and even those who wear other clothes or hair styles. Self-serving politicians, seeking personal advantage, use this hatred against others to attract and energize their followers. They promise victory over those others. But hatred leads to more hatred. Is that we really want? It would seem that sanity would say, no, I want peace and love. No?
But how to overcome hatred? This is a difficult question with a simple answer. As the Buddha said, "Hatred can never put an end to hatred. Love alone can. This is an unalterable law." Buddha, The Dhammapada, translated by Eknath Easwaran.
Love dissolves hatred. But the way of love requires courage. It's simple, but not easy.
Here is a link to a story in which love supported by courage put an end to hatred. It's well worth reading.