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The Uses of Hate

JPod:  Back in the Bronze Age, when folk knew what was what, Hate–personified as the goddess Eris (after whom we have just named a new Solar System object)–played a key role in civilizational survival. 

Here she is shrieking courage into the Achaeans at the beginning of Book 11 of the Iliad.

And here she is again in Book 20 (“mighty Strife” in line 57) stirring men to action.

Christian meekness certainly has its place in human affairs.  So does Homeric ferocity.

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