The Newtown Pentacle

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Let’s take hatred back, folks.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Everybody likes to think that they’re saintly, and that all the negative emotional stuff in their heart and soul either needs to be or is already quelled and conquered in pursuance of evolving into a ball of vegan light or something. Me? I like all of my emotions, including that boiling cauldron of anger, lust, hatred, and jealousy I nurture. What are you without the “seven deadlies” after all? Lukewarm, a namby pamby, a jellyfish isolated in a tidal pool – that’s what.

According to the Christian text – Rev 3:16 particularly – “So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.” I’ve always thought that who you hate is at least as important as whom you love, and you don’t want to be lukewarm about either one of those categories in your personal or professional life.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Our label happy culture has used the adjective “hate” to describe groups with fealty to atavist political views – Nazis, right wingers, racialists, etc. Why on earth are we rendering anything over to those clowns, especially an important part of the emotional palette we were all born with? I hate Nazis, so do a bunch of my friends, so does that make my little clique of friends a hate group? We are, after all, a group of people that hates another group of people. Hate can be a good thing, and it’s a brilliant motivator. Don’t put down hate until you’ve tried it, same thing with punching a Nazi in the nose.

I hate street littering and finding garbage floating about in area waterways, for instance, and hang around with a bunch of like minded people. We hate it so much that we schedule meetings with the government to complain about it.

As a note: I also hate finding mushrooms on my dinner plate, but not strongly enough to really do anything about it. 

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I hate tyranny and bureaucratic nonsense. I hate the strong dominating the weak. I hate slogans, societal engineering, and calls to action by concerned citizens. I hate the do gooders and the do nothings. I hate baked coconut, am no fan of flavored coffees, or shellfish, and I’ve already mentioned mushrooms. I probably hate you, and certainly hate myself. I hate the whole interval around Christmas and New Years, and that weird drywall guy at the bar. I hate both the playah, and the game.

Don’t give up on hate, lords and ladies, in the dark hours of the night it might be all you’ve got. Take hate back from the bad guys and embrace your inner demons. That’s my advice.


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Written by Mitch Waxman

January 9, 2018 at 11:00 am

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  1. “Pins and needles. Needles and pins. A happy man is a man who grins.” – Ralph Kramden (“Now what am I mad about?”)

    georgetheatheist . . . They raised the rent $5.

    January 9, 2018 at 11:08 am

    • PS This is about your most splenetic posting ever. Happy New Year 2018. Whatzzup wid dis? The Trump presidency? Maryjane is legal now in California.

      georgetheatheist . . . They raised the rent $5.

      January 9, 2018 at 11:14 am

  2. If Waxman is at liberty to exeleutherostomize anywhere, it’s here, no? I think hatred is useful for group cohesion, and it is unrealistic to expect humans can (or should) ever cease to hate, in absolute terms, anything. At best it is directed towards behaviors, not entities.

    TommyR

    January 10, 2018 at 7:48 pm


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