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Compare And Contrast Essay On Love And Hate

Hate is easy:

If one thrives on hatred, should they set their mind to it, one could live perhaps the most content life of all. There is so much hate in the world, and it is so available that one could just reach out, as if into thin air, and grasp a bundle of hate and eat it. There is a lot of love as well, sure, but most of the time, it’s not so easy to just reach out and grab – and for that reason people tend to lean towards hate. They tend not to stretch their tired arm so far, not to rise from their comfortable seated position, not even to think twice about it. They just settle for hate. To get to love, one must pass hate. Most people, in their weak and sedated state, just stop at hate. It’s closer.

Hate is comfortable:

Hate can be comfortable for the hater but painful for the hated. Love can be painful for the lover and comfortable for the loved. It’s our charge as selfish humans to enjoy hate and ignore love. To focus on our comfort and other’s pain. Our own discomfort is far worse a thing then someone else’s pain simply because of who owns what. Perception is reality especially in hate. Love can scare us. It can rock our thoughts and rattle our emotions. Hate gives us the illusion of control because we think we understand it. Love confuses us, though it’s one of nature’s base values. There was love before there was hate. But hate has reigned longer than love.

Hate is what we know:

As our world’s history is so riddled with hateful people and hateful acts we seem used to it, and when those hateful people act out against other hateful people, and all the hate starts to fly back and forth, it feels as if it is right, as if it is normal. Hate is our status quo. Hate is harvested. Hate is given away for free. Love is cherished and often kept close to one’s chest. Love is something we are told we have to work hard to find and work harder to keep. History books are filled with hateful battles, quarrels, arguments, fits and spats instigated and fought by hateful kings, soldiers, warriors, conquerors, armies and militias. We are taught hate as kids. We are given the option to find love as adults. Love requires compassion. Hate requires only ego. We are born with ego, but we must learn compassion.

Hate grows, love shrinks:

The world is getting worse. Hateful people breed hateful people. Loving people breed loving people and hateful people. Love grows within the lover but shrinks within the world. Hate grows within the hater and grows within the world. Modern man is controlled by the masses. Modern man is comforted by large groups who think the same as him. Love is more powerful than hate. But love is outnumbered by hate. When the masses hate, the masses grow. Love is born in the universe and grows into the man. Hate is born in the man and grows out into the universe.

Hate doesn’t stand a chance:

Haters are more passive than active. Lovers are more active than passive. Love is worth dying for. Hate is not. The small armies of love will march longer and further than the massive armies of hate. The world’s lovers are aware of the world’s haters. The world’s haters are unaware of the world’s lovers.  Lovers spread love. Haters spread hate. But, lovers spread actively while haters spread passively. Love is right. Hate is wrong. Basic principles in this world are upheld by physics. Yes, the dusk of hate is dark and long, but the dawn of love is brighter and longer. A hater’s hate is no match for a lover’s love.  For even in death a lover’s love lives on when the hater’s hate turns to ash.

Postscript on love:

I wouldn’t dare voice an opinion on something that wasn’t entirely subjective. Love knows no rules, has no authorities, protectors or enforcers. Therefore I am free to write and speak all I wish about Love and no one can really say I am wrong about it. You can however say I am wrong about hate, but chances are, you are an optimist.

image – bahoolala

Love and hate are antonyms, i.e. they are two opposite terms in meaning. Even though they mean complete opposites, they are two of the strongest emotions we human beings are capable of feeling. In this article, we are going to look at the difference between love and hate.

What is love?

Love is a feeling of deep affection. It is often associated with other positive feelings like caring, warmth, and happiness. Love is generally an emotion we feel towards a close person. Love can be called a complex emotion because the love we feel towards a person differs according to the familiarity with that person. Love we have for our mother is different from the love we have for our sister. Motherly love is tinged with emotions like warmth, caring, kindness and protectiveness while sisterly love is tinged with things concepts like friendship, warmth and even jealousy! Love you feel towards your partner, i.e. romantic love, is shaded with a different set of emotions like passion and attraction.

When we analyze love in a morphological and syntactic sense, this word is said to be derived from the Old English term ‘lufu’ which have Germanic origin from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit ‘tubhyati’ meaning desire. Love is used as a noun as well as a verb.

Heart shape is symbolic of Love


What is hate?

Hate is an intense dislike towards a person or a thing. Hate is often associated with negative feelings such as anger, hostility and violence. Hate is a destructive emotion and could originate from sentiments like dislike, ignorance or jealousy. Many religions in the world, advocate against hate and encourage love.

The word hate is derived from Old English term hatian (verb), hete (noun), of Germanic origin. In a grammatical sense, hate is only used as a verb. The noun of hate is hatred.

However, as the old saying goes there is a thin line between love and hate. It does not take much time for love to turn into hatred or vice versa.

Difference between love and Hate


Love: Love is an intense affection.

Hate: Hate is an intense dislike.


Love: Love is used as a noun as well as a verb.

Hate: Hate is only used as a verb.


Love: Love is a positive feeling and  is associated with happiness, warmth, and attraction.

Hate: Hate is a negative feeling and is associated with anger and hostility.


Love: Love can originate from a deep affection or sexual attraction.

Hate: Hate can originate from feelings of disgust, jealousy, dislike or ignorance.


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“Hate” by Cherrysweetdeal(CC BY 2.0) via Flickr




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