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‘What is hate?’ A conversation with a friend...

I was having a conversation with an American friend of mine whom I've grown to know very well over the past year and we were discussing world happenings and politics as the IPL played on a TV screen behind us. So, I went on to explain a bit of cricket to him. He seemed surprisingly interested.

As we chomped down on our shared portion of quesadillas, Benjamin and I talked about the impending global war and the increased political rhetoric that was more than certainly going to affect us all.

And then all of a sudden he said, "Explain to me, Vin, what is hate?" I had never really thought about it and while it seemed like a rhetorical question, I chose to think about it a bit more and then, out of absolutely no where I started talking...and the more I talked, the more convinced I was of the answer that I gave him.

"Do you believe in life after death?" I asked. He said "Yes" as his left eyebrow rose to better understand the question.

"So, that would mean you believe in the fact that we live many lifetimes too, correct?" I asked again.

"Yeah, absolutely" he replied.

"You see, just like we need a space suit to go to space, our soul needs a space suit, the human body to come to earth" I added. He nodded in agreement while chomping down on the quesadilla.

I went on, "So when we go through many lifetimes, we accumulate impressions, both positive and negative and at some point we start to fill up with these impressions, quite like you fill up your refrigerator. You use items in there at the appropriate time without allowing them to spoil. And if you just left it al inside, it would all spoil. It is quite the same with our souls. There's only so much it can take before it needs some emptying. If we look at the science of the cosmos, we would know that we are all made of a whole bunch of chemicals and sometimes we face certain chemical imbalances that affect us on a physical level or on a subconscious level, affecting the way we react or respond to things; the former being the case where have no control over those reactions. A science experiment going right is something you have control of; one going pear shaped isn't in your control. So, these chemicals when under attack from external stimuli, much like electricity to water, cause certain reactions. We all know how we react, don't we? The chemicals that we are made of are under attack; in other words, UNDER STRESS. The result is WE become stressed."

I definitely had his attention. I continued.

"Many of us think that this stress leaves when we sleep or relax or spend some time to ourselves. Much like a deep wound, the pain goes away but the marks remain. There are plenty of stress-busting techniques that many of us are familiar with. But do we realize that there are impressions that we carry forward through the many lifetimes of our existence? That requires a whole different kind of treatment. If those impressions are not eliminated, they accumulate and cause certain attributes to manifest in our DNA. Just like the polar bear was a genetic mutation that came from a grizzly bear unable to creep up on its prey in the Arctic conditions, these impressions impact our DNA and eventually our mannerisms; they change us at a cellular level. Do we really think that a serial killer is a result of just 17 years of 'disturbing' conditions? And if so, why does another individual exposed to so much more in his youth choose to react or perhaps respond differently? The answers lie in the accumulated impressions that are carried forward through the passage of time in our souls. Those untreated impressions that perhaps make us the person we end up being in this lifetime. At this point, science is unable to prove or disprove a theory that is based on something that is intangible."

I referred to something I had recently watched online while continuing to share my view with Benjamin, "Neil DeGrasse Tyson said that a true scientist must admit that there are certain things that he does not have answers to and must in fact seek answers in an effort to prove or disprove a particular theory."

I eventually finished saying "These impressions over lifetimes combined with stress from our current lifetime result in a manifestation we are all too familiar with today. Hate."

Benjamin looked at me for a few moments and finally said "I had never really looked at it like that".

Neither had I.