Hate Analysis Paralysis is Lame
Hate Analysis Paralysis is very prevalent today, and it makes sense amidst our upsetting times. However, this will only lead us to loneliness, meaninglessness, and powerlessness. The forces who plant seeds and tend to them will grow food to sustain them.
November 26, 2017
By George Lee
People love to talk about the different ways they hate (Insert hated politican, institution or corporation here.) This is exercising, “Hate Analysis”, instead of delving into the complexity of real solutions to problems. “Nothing brings people together like a common enemy,” can be witnessed around politically aligned dinner tables across the country. If hate brings people together to then begin action, hate is perhaps an ok catalyst, but it seems we live in a time where more often hate brings people together to just feel better than the hated parties. One can hate something and feel fulfilled in the short-term, while doing absolutely nothing to improve any situation. This creates a non-productive, hate analysis paralysis trap. Analyze why you hate with others, feel like you belong with the superior group through the hate, do nothing to improve anything, hate and analyze some more.
When I first feel hate about an issue, and it seems important, I allow myself to inhale the hate deeply into every orifice and every cell and let it ride. I feel it. But then, after this initial, essentially bodily drug induced experience, hate is useless except as a reference point, a fact about one's psyche. “Seattle's response to homelessness is cruel, I hate the politicians in Seattle.” But then what do we do? If we wake up the next morning, open our phone to read another ridiculous terrible thing a politician is doing, share it on facebook, and feel hateful again, where are we going? The answer is down a pre-existing American path to habitat destruction, natural resource mismanagement, income inequality, institutional violence in many forms, dangerous car cities, etc.
Solutions are challenging, but without challenge there is no reward. In the short term, it may be more fun to drink a craft cocktail or beer and talk about how (Insert hated politician name here) is so terrible and dumb. But eventually we can feel hollowed out by the hate, the helplessness, and cope more and more in counterproductive ways. To feel whole, we need to cope and take on challenging solutions. Big societal solutions are a combination of tough, revolutionary, individual choices, and long processes built from open, critically thinking coalitions of people that support one another to form a stronger unified being.
If it is an individual challenge, like advocating for density, it can disrupt one's entire belief system about success and be upsetting. All of sudden your advocating for a smaller home, to be closer to your neighbors? If it is a solution for a town or a city, one goes nowhere without power from money and/or large activated groups of people and both those things require working, and listening to, other people. So we get overwhelmed, fearful or protective of what is comfortable and often instead of acting, revert to Hate Analysis Paralysis.
Ideas, theories, political platforms are relatively easy to talk about (analyze) because they are like garden seeds in a package, all with a beautiful picture of a perfectly grown specimen. We can spend all spring and summer deciding what seeds to plant at our kitchen table, but then we miss the growing season and grow nothing. Also, even if one does decide which seeds, they need to prepare the garden's soil, and then work for 3-4 months stewarding sun, rain, soil, insects, labor, food preservation and crop rotation. Analysis, e.g. choosing a seed to grow, is a safe, comfortable and in the long-term, depressing place to be stuck. You can do it alone or with others, while not changing any of your “comfortable” life pleasures or worldviews, and you can feel totally self-righteous because you have not actually tested any of your theories.
The Hate Analysis Paralysis is very prevalent today, and it makes sense amidst our upsetting times. However, this will only lead us to loneliness, meaninglessness, and powerlessness. The forces who plant seeds and tend to them will grow food to sustain them. The corrupt rich are planting seeds for their own domination of everything, as they always have done. The rest of us (there are many, many more of us than the corrupt rich) are still are too distracted by hate and divisiveness to realize we're not planting any seeds for food to eat next winter. We need to prep the hell out of the soil, plant some damn good seeds, and share all our knowledge to grow some award winning crops.