Love to Hate: America's Obsession with Hatred and Violence by Jody Roy

By Jody Roy

Why? is the straightforward, impulsive query we ask while faced via terrible acts of hatred and violence. Why do scholars shoot fellow scholars or staff their coworkers? Why do moms drown their young children or husbands stalk and kill their better halves? like to Hate demanding situations us to show this question upon ourselves at a deeper point. Why, as a tradition, are we so fascinated about those acts? Why will we bestow star at the perpetrators, whereas permitting the sufferers to vanish right into a moment dying of obscurity? Are we, as Pope John Paul II famously accused, "a tradition of death"? And if this is the case, how do we separate from of this unacknowledged element of the cycle of violence? in contrast to those that element completely to media imagery, splintered households, or lax gun keep watch over legislation looking for the roots of America's endemic violence, Jody M. Roy means that all of us needs to be held in charge. She argues that we demonstrate our love affair with hatred and violence within the methods we expect and converse in our day-by-day lives and in our pop culture. The very phrases we use functionality as development blocks of callousness and contempt, betraying our immersion in subtexts of violence and hatred. those subtexts are additional printed in our advanced attitudes towards road gangs, tuition shooters, serial killers, and hate teams and the paroxysms of violence they unharness. As spectators, pushed by way of our impulse to observe, we turn into a vital part of the equation of violence. within the book's ultimate part, "Freeing Ourselves of Our Obsession with Hatred and Violence," Roy bargains functional steps we will be able to take -- as mom and dad, shoppers, and electorate -- to loose ourselves from linguistic and cultural complicity and to assist create in the USA a tradition of existence.

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When a person stereotypes a group of people, he or she reduces those in the group to only one or a few characteristics based either on very limited experience with the group members or based simply on prejudices learned from others. Let’s return to the example of the class of 2003. When I stereotype the group based on the actions of only one member and conclude that the members of the class of 2003 are all bad writers, I reduce the class members to that one skill. Regardless of whether or not they are in fact bad writers, by defining them only in terms of that characteristic, I overlook their other qualities—in this case, relevant academic skills involving mathematics, speaking, and critical thinking.

Our obsession with hatred is embedded in our language. We socialize our children—as we ourselves were socialized—to tolerate hatred and violence. In this chapter of Love to Hate, I explore how profoundly language structures influence how we think about ourselves and others. First, I consider the very nature of the mind/language connection. I then look at particular language structures we all commonly use that can embody our obsession with hatred and thus carry it forth into each new generation. While many elemental language structures and communication patterns have an impact on our thinking, I focus on only four in great detail: naming, diminutives, reduction, and metaphors.

As small children we spat “I hate you” at those we most loved—our parents—before we really even understood what the words meant. ” As adolescents, we blazed through our first romances, often falling into “I love you” only to crash down into “I hate you” within a matter of days. As adults, most of us reserve “I hate you” for the most extreme situations. We now understand not only the power, but also the tragically terminal meaning of saying these words to another human. ” And more often than we say the words aloud, we think them about another person in the privacy of our own minds.

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