“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela
When I first started out writing, I thought I was going to write about this one specific thing and then that turned into 5 different things which have all now been trimmed back down to one specific thing. Hate. I know, I know, its nothing new or ingenious or particularly mouth watering, but it is what it is.
I stumbled upon the quote above after a friend of mine posted it on Facebook. It really hit me and helped me formulate a distinct focus for my book and where I was going to take it all. Now, I just hope to put it out all down on paper the way its floating around up in my mind.
The only wall I am hitting is that my book is all sorts of ugly. Which doesn’t bother me, but honestly I’m afraid of what all of my friends and family will think when reading it. Our sweet, little Melissa wrote THIS?!?! But, in order for me to show you how hate can be taught, I have to show you where it comes from and the source isn’t pretty. I mean I could show you simplistic versions of hate, but then where’s the passion and emotion in all of that.
My point to all of this is that I really believe if someone can be taught to hate then they can also be taught to love. So my desire is to show you the worst forms of hate and then the ugly process it takes to love in spite of it all.
For me, Love will never fail and I hope my books portray that.