Hating our enemy

Should we hate our enemy? Hate them for the sake of more hatred, which in turn allows them to hate us, we to hate them, and a gory but pleasing war to follow, so that nobody will remain to hate and that afterwards will come, by the very resentment, an once and for all solution. Do not hate them for the sake of poking out their eyes, or breaking their teeth, which I wish for earnestly; or of the final vengeance, a bloody one, perhaps a humiliation, a torture, even an obliteration, after everything was tried— persuasion, arguments, defense, and flight, but surely without turning the other cheek, not that.

March 27, 2020; July 23, 2021