“Scientists prove it really is a thin line between love and hate,” says Steve Conner, Science Editor at The Independent.
TRUTH OR LIE?
Referring to a study by Professor Semir Zeki of University College London, Conner goes on to say, “Love and hate are intimately linked within the human brain, according to a study that has discovered the biological basis for the two most intense emotions. Scientists studying the physical nature of hate have found that some of the nervous circuits in the brain responsible for it are the same as those that are used during the feeling of romantic love – although love and hate appear to be polar opposites.” You can read the whole article here and more about the study here.
Love and hate may originate in the same area of the brain, but they aren’t even close to being the same thing. Just because some of the “same brain circuitry is involved in both extreme emotions” doesn’t equate the two.
A burglar entering your house by coming in through the same door you use doesn’t make him a member of your family.
The study of brain activity isn’t the study of Love and can’t be used to “prove” that there is just a “thin line between love and hate.”
Vince Lombardi, famous football coach, didn’t teach his players to hate the opposition. He taught them to love one another.
Our military doesn’t teach its soldiers to hate the enemy, but to respect him; to be attentive to him, to listen to him and when he is wounded to gather him up off the battlefield and Care for him alongside our own. This is Love at work, this is loving your enemy, as best you can. It doesn’t mean you lay down in front of his tank.
Hate is a violation of Love and causes aberrant harmful behavior. Love cannot do that. And anyone who blames love for harmful behavior doesn’t understand the way love works.