Hate is a powerful word. Beyond the four letters that make up the word is a powerful emotional that can lead to oppression, destruction and murder.
Sally Kohn’s new book The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity, is an examination of how and why we hate. Using examples from history, from our current culture and using research from psychology, sociology and the neurosciences, Ms. Kohn walks the reader through the hate that still flows through our society.
This book is hard to read. It is hard to read not because of the way it is written, but because of the subject. For me, as a reader, it hit home that even though I consider myself to be an open-minded person, I am still vulnerable to hating someone else. It forced me to examine not how I see the world, but how I see others. The hardest thing to do as a person is to look in the mirror and face your shortcomings head on. This book made me do that.
I absolutely recommend it.