Back in high school, (senior year) my teacher assigned us a writing project. take something universally accepted in one way and try to redefine it as its opposite or alternate. for my project, i tackled hate. i lost the paper i wrote, but i am thinking about doing a rewrite just to exercise my brain and i wanted an opinion on my idea. I imagined that hate as it is usually seen in the world is completely flawed. it comes from environment, peer pressure, socio-economic hardships and basically ignorance in general. But what if hate was purified, made clean by a lack of all that? hate beyond notions like race, creed, background.... it is not personal. it is not aware of anything more than simple rage at something that it has to lash out against. I am talking hypotheticals here, but could something like hate be clean and pure and simply a blind reaction to an event? predators don't hate, love or like their prey, yet the the brutal act of killing remains. it isn't good, it isn't bad; it is just an action. last thought here: i have heard 2 definitions of courage from war vets my dad knows. One, Courage is being too damn stupid to be afraid. Two, Courage is being where hatred of your situation drives you to do anything to change that situation. i am thinking about that second one as a stepping off point for writing about a bad thing having a shot at being somewhat positive (for a change.) any ideas or opinions on my idea?