I have been awakened to the difference between insanity and hate. There is an article on PsychologyToday.com entitled, “The Definition of Insanity Perseverance versus perseveration” by Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP, he says,
“To be clear, insanity is a legal term pertaining to a defendant’s ability to determine right from wrong when a crime is committed. Here’s the first sentence of law.com‘s lengthy definition: Insanity. n. mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior.”
Hate is having an intense or passionate dislike for something or someone that comes from anger, fear or sense of injury. (https://www.merriam-webster.
In an article, “The Psychology of Hate” by Allison Abrams, LCSW-R, she quoted…
“According to a recent study, there are at least 917 organized hate groups in the United States. The study, based on data collected by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and presented in their annual census of hate groups, looked at the presence of hate groups on Twitter. SPLC found that the number of likes and comments on hate group accounts grew by 900 percent in the last two years.”
Fear is running rampant in this country, fear of races, religions, fear of people of color taking jobs, and a multitude of other fears that are nonsense. Families not showing love in the household means their children will find it with a gang, club or organization; which will embrace your children but it may not be a loving embrace. I remember old pictures showing the Klan standing around a burning cross with their toddlers who were also robed in sheets. If parents are teaching their children their hate and insecurities then the children can grow to express the hate in various ways.
Hate is rising fast in this country and it cannot be blamed on insanity. The domestic terrorists know exactly what they are doing. They feel as if they are denied rights or are threatened by a particular group of people. There was Theodore John Kaczynski (the Unabomber), Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma); remember the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing where only two were brought to trial, Bobby Frank Cherry and Thomas E. Blanton, Jr. All a product of a fearful and insecure mindset. They knew what they were doing in these egregious acts.
There is a difference between insanity and hate and the perpetrators know the difference; it is time that we do too.
Faith is Believing when common sense tells you not to!