About Love and Hatred

“Hatred it seems can no more be forgotten than love. . . .”
Zinotchka by Anton Chekhov

“The Principle of Polarity embodies the truth that everything is dual; everything has two poles; everything has its pair of opposites, all of which were old Hermetic axioms. It explains the old paradoxes, that have perplexed so many, which have been stated as follows: Thesis and antithesis are identical in nature, but different in degree; opposites are the same, differing only in degree; the pairs of opposites may be reconciled; extremes meet; everything is and isn’t, at the same time; all truths are but half-truths; every truth is half-false; there are two sides to everything, etc., etc., etc. It explains that in everything there are two poles, or opposite aspects, and that opposites are really only the two extremes of the same thing, with many varying degrees between them. (…) Let us take a radical and extreme example – that of Love and Hate, two mental states apparently totally different. And yet there are degrees of Hate and degrees of Love, and a middle point in which we use the terms Like or Dislike, which shade into each other so gradually that sometimes we are at a loss to know whether we like or dislike or neither. And all are simply degrees of the same thing, as  will see if you will but think a moment. And, more than this (and considered of more importance by the Hermetists), it is possible to change the vibrations of Hate to the vibrations of Love, in one’s own mind, and in the minds of others. Many of you, who read these lines, have had personal experiences of the involuntary rapid transition from Love to Hate, and the reverse, in your own case and that of others. And you will therefore realize the possibility of this being accomplished by the use of the Will, by means of the Hermetic formulas. (…) In short, the Art of Polarization becomes a phase of Mental Alchemy known and practiced by the ancient and modern Hermetic Masters. An understanding of the Principle will enable one to change his own Polarity, as well as that of others, if he will devote the time and study necessary to master the art.”
The Kybalion

“Love can become a fertile ground for the emergence of hate. When the intensity and intimacy of love turns sour, hate may be generated. In these circumstances, hate serves as a channel of communication when other paths are blocked, and it functions to preserve the powerful closeness of the relationship, in which both connection and separation are impossible. Consider the following testimony of a man convicted of killing his wife (cited in the book, In the Name of Love): ‘You don’t always kill a woman or feel jealousy about a woman or shout at a woman because you hate her. No. Because you love her, that’s love.’ No doubt, love can be extremely dangerous, and people have committed the most horrific crimes in the name of love (…)”
Hating the One You Love – “I Hate You, but I Love You” by Aaron Ben-Zeév


3 thoughts on “About Love and Hatred

  1. Lateralus

    This is a great post indeed! In this quote about “principle of polarity” lies powerful idea that we can choose what we feel. Even from something as destructive and dark as hate one can transition into state of love and compassion.

    I know that many of song lyrics by one of my favourite bands – Tool – are heavily inspired by hermetic ideas though I didn’t research hermeticsm more thoroughly. I haven’t even knew that such text as Kybalion does exist. Thank you for an inspiration!

    I’ve seen that you post here a lot of quotes of some different authors(probably your favourites) but I’m really interested what are your favourite books. Would it be possible for you to create a post of like 10(or any other number you fancy) books that left long lasting impression on you and maybe explain why you consider them worthwhile?

  2. oleanderia Post author

    Thank you very much for your comment,
    I must say it is very complicated to create a post on call. It would be a rather artificial post. I have no hardened opinions about my favourite books.


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