Hate is a disease. It is spreading across this globe like the Black Plague that killed an estimated 200 million people. It was called the most devastating pandemic in history–until now. Today hate kills people, ruins lives, spreads toxic panic and fear in its path and destruction in its wake. How did it evolve to this level and become so pervasive in our culture.
Susan Irene Fox developed a sure-fire cure for hate. She wrote about it on her blog, https://susanirenefox.com/2017/08/18/recovery-from-hate/. Susan says the first three steps of Alacoholics Anonymous would do the trick and forge a path to healing. Here they are:
Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
Step 2: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Susan is absolutely right. If hate-filled people will follow these three steps, their hatred would be cured.
The key to the entire process hinges on the first two words of step 1 “We admitted”. Hate-filled people who desire to change can’t begin their healing process until they admit they hate. Admitting to any character flaw or addiction is critical. We can’t make life better until we admit something’s wrong and we have to change it provided it is within our power to do so.
We see the same need in those suffering from mental illness. For folks suffering from mental illness, admitting they have a problem is the lynchpin in their turning point. Mental illness has no cure. It is a brain disorder, a disease like cancer or diabetes. But sufferers can learn to manage their lives and their medications and their strengths and weaknesses the very minute they admit they have a mental illness.