The End of Hate
Scientists had been working for years on one research project after another trying to understand the origin of hate. They had long known that the precursor to hate was fear. In the process of studying the molecular structure of hate, one scientist found that hate operated much like a virus. Since it operated like a virus, perhaps it would respond like a virus does to the appropriate vaccine. He and his team began working on one. Millions of dollars and years later they had a break through. In order to test this anti-hate serum they began to vaccinate prison inmates who had volunteered for the project.
What happened was something no one could have predicted. The inmates, who had been injected with what was thought to be an anti-hate serum, quickly became exactly like the person or persons they hated. This transformation lasted for twenty-four hours. After twenty-four hours passed, each inmate returned to his or her usual self. An unexpected miracle astounded the scientists. None of the inmates experiencing this transformation held even the smallest trace of hate toward anyone.
The scientists immediately took this discovery to the military and excitedly told top-ranking generals that there was a way to infect people with love and that hate could be cured. At first the generals seemed excited. As time went on their excitement waned. One general said, “You have made a great discovery, but we need to keep it a secret until we figure out what to do with our military complex. Fear and hate have been the backbone of our entire military complex. We can’t just suddenly have people walking around trusting and understanding each other. First of all I don’t even think it’s natural. Let’s go slow on this.”
When the politicians were told about this new serum they said, “That’s just fine and dandy, but each of our states has government defense contracts. Maybe you could cure hate, but doing this might well be the cause of another great depression.
Finally the scientist went to the religious leaders. They were overjoyed for a few days. But then, one by one, with a few exceptions, they began to cry out, “This is unnatural, if people don’t learn how to overcome hate with the proper use of faith it means nothing. We all know that hate is an awful thing, but hate isn’t the real problem. The problem is rooted in the ways of non-believers and those whose faith has misguided them.”
Unfortunately for the generals, politicians, and religious leaders, the inmates who had been given the serum began to infect other inmates. Soon the visitors, guards, and families of the visitors and guards became infected with what could only be explained as a bad case of love and kindness. The generals called up the National Guard to set up blockades to separate communities that had become love infected. Politicians declared that they had always been in favor of love and were delighted that hate was disappearing. Some religious leaders claimed that the love epidemic was the work of the devil. A few claimed the serum was a gift from God and that for love to continue, more prayer would be required. There were religious leaders who were overjoyed and quickly became infected.
It’s hard to know how this story ends. If I had not dreamed this, there would not even have been a beginning.
Bob Luckin ©
14 November 2013