Lord, make me a channel of thy peace –
that where there is hatred, I may bring love –
I have learned from Howard Thurman about the personal and systemic realities of hatred. Thurman offers clarity about hatred’s progress: contact without fellowship; unsympathetic understanding; ill will; hatred. Thurman also recognizes hatred’s usefulness to those who bear it, sometimes justifiably; but within that hatred is a logic of self destruction. As hatred strips the humanity of others from our view, it permits the worst of behaviors towards them. This is a defensive strategy for the oppressed, and an offensive strategy for the powers.
Howard, in Jesus and the Disinherited: