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The Positive Aspects of Hatred

    Howard Thurman - Jesus and the Disinherited (1949)   Hate like love is an emotion born from passion. It evokes raw and unfiltered emotion. When its seed takes root and it grasps on with full intention the emotion has knowledge or temperament of time. The emotion consumes quickly and with every iota of time it grows. It gains false validation and this fuels the intensity giving way to the overture of the id. As exemplified in the passage, “In the darkness you muttered to yourself, They can keep me from talking about it to them. But they can’t keep me from resenting it. I hate them for what they are doing to me.” (Thurman, p.45) Thurman shows the innermost thoughts of a child betrayed and how in his innocence is working through the process of his emotions. Love and hate if left unfettered will grow. Slowly at first, but like a river cutting trough rock, it will always find a way.  It’s rare to attribute hatred with any positive connotations. But upon further introspection, hatr

The Challenges and Complexities of Poverty

  Poverty is the state of existence in which a person exists below what is regarded as the “poverty line”. The poverty line is the unit of measurement in terms of income and basic human essential needs. Poverty can be defined in numerous ways such as: level of income, lack of education, lack of opportunities for upward mobility and growth, access to clean water, access to education, access to fresh fruit and vegetables, access to employment opportunities, access to a non toxic environment, access to healthcare. 41% of Sub-Sahara African population is living below the poverty line of $1.90 per day. In stark contrast to the United States, the Sub Sahara African population has a life expectancy of 60 whereas the Unites States average life expectancy is at 78. Access to energy is essential to reduce poverty. Globally, 1.1 billion people still do not have access to electricity. Nigeria’s unique issues battling extreme poverty are multi layered. Nigeria is considered multi ethnic and a count