Hey maaaaaaa-aaaaaaaaaan. Rob Lee here and I have something on my mind – “4 Letter Words”. Now I know what you’re thinking? This has been covered by George Carlin and others but I’m thinking of the other types of “4 Letter Words” that have power. Within the agreed upon reality, these aren’t vulgar words they’re words you’ll read every day, say every day and hear every day. I’ve give you 2 of my most confounding 4 Letter Words.
So, I’m starting off rather big here. Love is often misused – love is uncommon but we’re too familiar with it. We use it to describe a feeling in the same what we’d say “shit” or “fuck” whilst committing a faux-pas. Love is too complicated to use as often as we do. Love is often conflated with extreme like or specialness – conditional affection. Love is rare and pretty incomprehensible. It should hit you – “Like Damn, I love her.” I’ve felt love and have been in love 4 times in my life and none of those times were with burritos. I really do like burritos, though.
Hate is similar to love to me. But I think we don’t give it it’s due. People are capable of both love and hate. Hate, however, is normalized especially here and now. The sheer fact that “Hate Groups” exist is insane. But maybe it’s not really hate since we don’t treat it as such. Maybe we’re looking at them as just ignorant or unfamiliar and violent. The people in these groups are vile, horrible people but hate is very deep routed. Further, I think hate is intimate. Often, I hear people say I hate this person or this thing but have never met the person or have specious knowledge of the thing. People say hate like love when the mean something else.
What do you think? Did I cover this properly or would you want to add something more? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org