I don’t buy the Heart-as-driver-of-emotions thing. The bloody thing is a pump. All thoughts and emotions take place in the brain. Whoever started this hype certainly managed to pull a fast one on humans. No amount of cynicism could kill the heart industries.
That would require changing all those silly heart symbol items, such as “I heart NY”, etc. stickers and tee shirts and junk. Sadly, I cannot imagine that “I brain NY” would be as appealing, even if someone could create an interesting graphic symbol of what is, basically, a disgusting organ.
I do not hate people. It seems like a wasted emotion, because nothing good comes from it--for the hater or the hated. Perhaps, I have been lucky not to be driven to feel the need.
The Army attempted to convince me to hate the North Vietnamese people, but I did not. The reason could be that none harmed me personally, and I never faced one in combat. Although having been shot at, I never looked one in the eye and had to act. Survival instinct would have driven my reaction, not hate. War felt like a game, but I never endured bodily harm, as I had in competitive sport. We had fierce rivalries, but I did not hate them: I merely wanted to win the game.
If I think about it, I could be driven to hate someone--and take revenge--if he or she harmed a loved one. Like in war, in life I have been lucky...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.