There is this forum that I go to for kids that went to a leadership conference this summer, like me. I saw an answer to a thread that got me thinking; what exactly is 'hate?' Do you think it's a state of mind, an overly-used word, or a strong and powerful emotion? Now, I don't want you to answer what people want to hear; answer from your past experiences or just from your gut feeling. While I'm at it, here's what I think. Hate, by definition, is to dislike intensly, or loathe. Quite true, but isn't it also a way of life? Is it not a complete and evolved culture? People live their lives according to hate; that's how things like 9/11 happened. Hate is a powerful word, isn't it? "I hate you" can have an intense impact on someone, whether you see it or not. Use it casually, it doesn't matter because it still hurts. Say it as a joke, they may take it seriously. Consider this: a little girl in a pink dress comes up to you on the street. You don't know her, and all she says is " I hate you". What would be going through your mind at this point? Would you just dismiss it as just a crazy kid thing, or something real? You my think you'd just ignore it, but no one can become immune to that type of thing. Hate is very real. What would you think if right now, I just said "I hate you"? What would you feel? Maybe it's a kid thing, but how can people hate so much in one day? "I hate my teacher" "I hate my parents" "I hate my life" "Everybody hates me" Let me ask you this: What did you notice about the statements above? Was it that each one included the words 'I' or'me'. What does this tell you?