Ask Andrew W.K.: On School Shootings and Hatred

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May 28th, 2014

In this week's column, a bit of a departure. Given the terrible massacre that took place this weekend at UCSB and the many troubling and hate-filled letters from disturbed young men Andrew gets at the email address above, he felt the need to address how to best deal with overwhelming feelings of rage, and how to suppress them rather than be consumed by them. - Brian McManus

From Andrew:

Hate is such a strong word. It's easy to use and most of us say it all the time. We "hate that movie." Or we "hate that song." Or we "hate that food," etc. Just thinking about all this hate makes me hate the word hate. A good exercise is to try and catch ourselves whenever we want to use the word "hate" and think twice -- is it really necessary? What does all this hating really add up to?

When it comes to hating other people, we've really got to be careful. Hating someone we've never met usually doesn't make much sense. Yet it seems most of us do this on a daily basis. There are definitely people who deserve our scorn, but most of the time, it's hard to justify feeling extreme animosity towards a common stranger. We "hate" some performer on TV. We "hate" a team of athletes. We "hate" a politician and his party. In all these situations, hate isn't really what's going on inside us.

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