Howard Thurman on Hatred

Jesus and the Disinherited is one of the best books I have read. We were required to read it in seminary. I highly recommend it.

Above and beyond all else it must be borne in mind that hatred tends to dry up the springs of creative thought in the life of the hater, so that his resourcefulness becomes completely focused on the negative aspects of his environment. The urgent needs of personality for creative expression are starved to death. A man’s horizon may become so completely dominated by the intense character of his hatred that there remains no creative residue in his mind and spirit to give to great ideas, to great concepts. He becomes lopsided.

~ Howard Thurman in Jesus and the Disinherited page 88.

1 thought on “Howard Thurman on Hatred

  1. True -but as my favorite Clown of God, Fr. Carl Kabat has said – the opposite of love is apathy, not hatred. On the other hand, I’ve seen first hand what hatred can do to a person and its effect as the person ages. It’s a killer. I think men have a more difficult time processing anger than women which leads to hatred. But I’ve seen it poison both.

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