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hatred is a disease of the mind

hatred is a disease of the mind
hatred is a disease of the mind

Hatred by Willard Gaylin, M.D. is a good introduction to understand the dynamics of hatred. Gaylin, a psychiatrist differentiates hatred from other emotions such as anger, rage, depression, frustration etc.

He brings out that hatred is a disease of the mind.  But he differentiates it from insanity and argues that a person who has committed a crime out of hatred should not be allowed to go free on the ground that he is no longer capable of controlling his actions. This argument lacks conviction and clarity to a lay person.

Gaylin uses mainly two examples in his readable analysis of crimes of hatred, the holocaust of 1935 and the September 9/11 attack on WTC by Al Qaeda. He suggests that anti-Semitism is at the back of most hate crimes.

He rightly suggests that fundamentalism is responsible for creating a horde of fanatics, who are ready to wage a battle against the enemy, those who don’t subscribe to their ideology, and thus the infidel.

While most of his analysis is quite lucid and informative, his argument that hatred must be dealt by normal, legal methods doesn’t appeal. As rightly pointed out by him, both hatred and love are two sides of a coin and neither can be separated. So as long as love exists, hatred also is bound to exist. And as long as hero worship is possible, the battle against the devil, Satan also is possible. The same ordinary man on the street can be roused, can be hypnotized to go either way. The pendulum can swing in either direction.

The book is useful to an ordinary educated lay reader as a way to better understand many of the problems of human psyche. But understanding a problem doesn’t always result in its solution. The author has not really offered a workable solution to the problem of organized hatred.

Review by S. V. Swamy on Apr 12th 2004


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heaven is for real book review

I did a little research on the book “heaven is for real” and found this review of the book.

Here is an excerpt from the review on Reclaiming the mind.

Main Events

Let me give you a quick low-down on the parts of the story about heaven that stood out to me most.

  • He sat in Jesus’ lap
  • He met his sister who died in his mother’s womb (whom his parents had never told him about)
  • He saw John the Baptist
  • There is a coming battle with Satan (he is a futurist!)
  • There are thousands of colors we have never seen
  • He met his great granddad (who told him things about his father that his father had never told him)
  • He saw Jesus’ “marks” on his hands and feet
  • All the people had wings of various sizes (including Colton) and flew around (except Jesus who moved up and down as if on an escalator)
  • Jesus had the most beautiful eyes, a beard, a white gown, a purple sash, and a crown
  • All the people had a light above their head (halo?)
  • Jesus sits on a throne at the right hand of God and Gabriel is on the left
  • He sat by God the Holy Spirit (who he could not describe) and explained to his dad that God is a Trinity
  • It never gets dark in heaven because God the Father and God the Son are the lights
  • There were all kinds of animals everywhere
  • Nobody is old in heaven and no one wears glasses
  • Jesus “shoots” power down from heaven to his father while he is preaching (like I hope he is doing for me while I am blogging!)
  • The gates to heaven were made of gold and pearls
  • He was actually only there for three minutes (timelessness in heaven?)

Thought I would post a link to it here.

Heaven is for real book review by C Michael Patton.  You can see his full review and comments by clicking on the link:

Personally, I haven’t read this book.

Will post my review if I read it.