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One of our Top Comments regulars last night suggested that I do a musical diary tonight for Valentine's, perhaps Bach or Beethoven, which I would gladly do if I felt I could do so competently. But I do like the idea of a musical diary, and for tonight, I have chosen the Beatles!

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All You Need Is Love Hate ...

(Original lyrics from metrolyrics.)

(Love Hate, love hate, love hate)
(Love Hate, love hate, love hate)
(Love Hate, love hate, love hate)

There's nothing you can do that can't be done
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It's easy

There's nothing you can make that can't me made
No one you can save that can't be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time
It's easy

All you need is love hate
All you need is love hate
All you need is love hate, love hate
Love Hate is all you need

(Love Hate, love hate, love hate)
(Love Hate, love hate, love hate)
(Love Hate, love hate, love hate)

All you need is love hate
All you need is love hate
All you need is love hate, love hate
Love Hate is all you need

There's nothing you can know that isn't known
Nothing you can see that isn't shown
There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be
It's easy

All you need is love hate
All you need is love hate
All you need is love hate, love hate
Love Hate is all you need

All you need is love hate, all together now
All you need is love hate, everybody
All you need is love hate, love hate
Love Hate is all you need

Love Hate is all you need
Love Hate is all you need
Love Hate is all you need

Ah! Well, doesn't quite have the same 'ring' to it, does it. Perhaps if those had been the lyrics, even a song by the Beatles would not have been such a huge hit.

And, yet, there are members of our species who believe very deeply in the power of hate. They believe in its power to motivate, they believe in its power to influence (votes, particularly), they believe in its power to help them along the path to the world they hope to create: a world in which those they hate have no place, a world in which those they hate have no say, a world in which those they hate have no rights, no privileges, no opportunities, no LIFE, really. It's what they deserve for not being ... like the haters. Not being the same color, not being the same gender, not having the same gender identity/sexual orientation as they tend to view it, not being the same age, not being the same socio-economic class, not having the same, narrow, rigid, purist pseudo-religious beliefs.

Thanks to free will, dear conservatives, if you choose to HATE, that is your right and your choice. But OWN your hatred. Claim it as your own, as your right, as your birthright, even. Embrace the consequences of your cherished hatred. I realize the idea of hating others has something of a stigma in our society. But it's far better to own it than it is to claim in words that you do not hate, and then have your actions prove to anyone paying attention that hate is precisely what you do, what you peddle. Own it. Stand up and say you hate, both in word and deed, if that is how you are going to conduct yourself in our political world.

Finally, face the prospects for our world that that path will mandate. If that ISN'T the world you want, for yourself and your children, if, indeed, hate is NOT all you need, let go of your hatred. Put it away. It never did anyone any good, those hating or those hated. Lay it down, once and for all, and help us create a more loving, more tolerant, more compassionate world. And whatever else you do, for goodness sake, eliminate your hatreds from your politics. It doesn't benefit anyone, ultimately, however much it may appear to do so in the short term, or in isolated elections. Let it go, and learn the power of love.

Now let's take a moment and look once again at the original song, in all its brilliance.

Isn't that so much better?!

Thank you for reading! On to tonights comments! Graciously compiled and formatted my my all-time favorite collaborator, brillig!

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