Why Do We Hate?

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Why do we hate
    when it saps our energy
    when it kills our compassion
    when it requires so much of us

Why do we hate
    when we are afraid
    when we are unfamiliar
    when we are angry

Why do we hate
    when there are children dying
    when there are people suffering
    when we know it only adds
        to the global pain we all feel

Why do we hate
    when we say we are hungry for justice
    when we are thirsty to be recognized
    when we are seeking freedom
        (for whom?)

Why do we hate
    when we are called to compassion
    when we know the power of love is greater
    when we just want to be loved ourselves

Why do we hate?

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