Hatred is a passion

“Hatred as an element of the struggle; a relentless hatred of the enemy, impelling us over and beyond the natural limitations that man is heir to and transforming him into an effective, violent, selective and cold killing machine. Our soldiers must be thus; a people without hatred cannot vanquish a brutal enemy. ” – Che Guevara

Hatred is a passion

as much as any love aflame

is strength in the arm

that thrusts the dagger

is breath on the lips

whose quiet syllables

are vengence, vengence,

vengence, in refrain

while love lifts the

long-starved

weary

mortal

tenderhearted soul

where it lies broken

under burdens as big

as the world

for pain

Lifts them,

higher than agony

holds them,

long through suffering

whispers to them

in the darkness

for love

for love

for love

for others

should I even die

let it be that

they might gain.

<i>Via Flickr:</i> Images from Zuccotti Park, Lower Manhattan, New York City, during &quot;Occupy Wall Street&quot;. October 9th, 2011

The man in the foreground(left) holding the sign is wearing a T-shirt dipicting the Marxist Revolutionary Che Guevara.

This photograph gets its title from the following quote from Guevara:

Our mission, in the first hour, shall be to survive; later, we shall follow the perennial example of the guerrilla, carrying out armed propaganda (in the Vietnamese sense, that is, the bullets of propaganda, of the battles won or lost — but fought — against the enemy). The great lesson of the invincibility of the guerrillas taking root in the dispossessed masses. The galvanizing of the national spirit, the preparation for harder tasks, for resisting even more violent repressions. Hatred as an element of the struggle; a relentless hatred of the enemy, impelling us over and beyond the natural limitations that man is heir to and transforming him into an effective, violent, selective and cold killing machine. Our soldiers must be thus; a people without hatred cannot vanquish a brutal enemy.

We must carry the war into every corner the enemy happens to carry it: to his home, to his centers of entertainment; a total war. It is necessary to prevent him from having a moment of peace, a quiet moment outside his barracks or even inside; we must attack him wherever he may be; make him feel like a cornered beast wherever he may move. Then his moral fiber shall begin to decline. He will even become more beastly, but we shall notice how the signs of decadence begin to appear.

– Che Guevara Internet Archive

Message to the Tricontinental

(from Marxist.org)

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4 comments

  1. And yet is not love a passion and hatred a flame? What separates the two?

  2. I think I know all too well what you mean.

  3. Hi sarnaj,

    I’m not sure, but I think it is likely that the phrase ‘men of like passions’ came into English usage from the Bible, from the new Testament writer Paul, because he says that very thing to some people. The situation was that he and a companion were preaching and a man in the crowd who was crippled and could not walk.. got up an walked. Anyway, the crowd thought he and his friend were gods and were going to try to worshp them! When Paul found out he shouted at them to stop! and that’s when he says, ‘we also are men of like passions, with you’. In other words: we’re men, just like you. We’re human. We’re affected, influenced, moved, by the things in life, just like you.

    We’re men of like passions too.

    Thanks for the comments!

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