The green-eyed monster

Nothing is as poisonous as malice

Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 18 2018 9:34PM | Updated Date: Sep 18 2018 9:34PM
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In the Oliver Goldsmith’s poem ‘Elegy on the death of the mad dog’ mad dog bites a person. People expect the person to die. Surprisingly it’s the dog that dies. Hidden therein the man’s blood is the deadlier poison that kills the dog. The quietness of his tone italicizes the malice of his reply. Malice, boguz/keena, is the deadly poison that runs through our blood, but most of us don’t have the courage to admit it. No greater pain can come to us than to hear of another man's well-doing; it’s a dagger at our hearts’ every such object. As he did to lose one eye willingly, that his fellow might lose both, nothing fats us but other men’s ruins. Envy, hurt, irritation, schadenfreude and pride that spark malice instigate us into feeling that target object of our malice deserves to suffer. Our intentions to inflict pain on others are symbolically like those of the bee that stings an enemy in vengeance, but in the process of using its stinger, initiates its own demise. For evil poisons, malice shafts like boomerang’s return, inflicting wounds that won’t heal, while rage and anger burn.


People hate others when they find themselves helpless. When the subconscious mind doesn't find any solution to the problem it uses hatred as a final resort. We hate superiors, because we can't shout at them. We hate our jobs much if we can't find alternatives. We hate things when these things harm us and we find ourselves unable to defend ourselves. We’re out to take revenge when we’ve the opportunity to do so. People bear grudge not only against living beings but also against lifeless objects such as a stump or a post. They’d beat or batter a stump when they stumble over it. When they bump against a post, they’d deliberately bump their heads again and again against it. If a thing topples or rolls away or falls down, they’d break or throw it away in a rage. 


Love and its kindred emotions are the normal and the natural, those in accordance with the eternal order of the universe. These have a life-giving, health-engendering influence upon our body, besides beautifying countenance, enriching voice, and making us ever more attractive in every way. It’s true that in the degree that you hold thoughts of love for all, you call the same from them in return. Hatred and all its kindred emotions are the abnormal and the unnatural, the perversions, and so, out of harmony with the eternal order of the universe. For if love is the fulfilling of the law, then these, its opposites, are direct violations of law, and there can never be a violation of law without its attendant pain and suffering in one form or another.

When we allow thoughts of anger, hatred, malice, jealousy, envy, criticism, or scorn to exercise sway, they’ve a corroding and poisoning effect upon the organism. Hate is the absence of love and only through love can hatred be removed from the heart. Power corrupts. Weakness, too, corrupts. Power corrupts the few. Weakness corrupts the many. Hatred, malice, rudeness, intolerance, and suspicion are the faults of weakness. There’s probably an element of malice in the readiness to overestimate people; we’re playing up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size. Malice delights to blacken the characters of prominent men. The man loves malice, but neither against one-eyed men nor the unfortunate, but against the fortunate and proud. Of the entire animal kingdom man alone possesses malice. He’s the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be a pain. At least two-thirds of miseries spring from his stupidity and malice.


There’s no cure for ossification of the heart; when to the jaundiced eye all good transforms itself into evil, and the very instruments of health become the poison of disease. Malice is of a low stature, but it’s very long arms. It often reaches into the next world; death itself isn’t a bar to it. Malice, like lust, when it’s at the height, doesn’t know shame. It’s a formed design of doing mischief to another. ‘Malice-express’ is where one with a deliberate intention kills another. This intention may appear by lying in wait, antecedent menaces, former grudges, and concerted schemes to do one some bodily harm. ‘Malice-implied’ is various; as where one voluntarily kills another without any provocation, or where one willfully poisons another; in such case the act, if it’s in itself necessarily injurious to another, implies malice. As to stab one is the best evidence of a design to injure him, because he necessarily must injure him, and malice being a design to injure, any injurious act implies malice, but in common speech, it’s more frequently applied to the continued workings of a long preconceived hatred and ill-will.  

The contrivers and peddlers of nightmares and the hell continue to invade our dreams. The dystopian imagination of the nightmare attempts to produce the shock effects of perverse impulses that lie beneath the civilized veneer. Under the surface lies the nightmarish realm of the macabre, horror, terror, violence, crime, and cruelty, viscerally intended to create a chill in the spine and to curdle the blood. Human destructiveness may involve paranoia. Freud linked paranoia with narcissism. Paranoids often have fears of intrusion and humiliation, which in turn may trigger their infliction of persecution and torture. The narcissistic desire to injure and to harm underscores the politics of malice and hatred.

In order to close the door to this evil Islam advises us to be forgiving in nature and control one's anger. To cure hatred is to pray for the person towards whom one feels hatred. Make specific supplications mentioning him by name, ask God to give this person good things in this life and the next. When one does this with sincerity, hearts mend. If one truly wants to purify his or her heart and root-out disease, there must be total sincerity and conviction that these cures are effective.



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