In my last post we considered how the news media had perpetuated lies against a bunch of Catholic high school boys. Why did they do that? It appears they were victims of their own biases. As a result, they further damaged their already shaky reputations.
Hatred is self destructive. It destroys our objectivity, makes it more difficult to perceive the truth.
Here is how C. S. Lewis put it in Mere Christianity.
Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper. Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out. Is one’s first feeling, ‘Thank God, even they aren’t quite so bad as that,’ or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to cling to the first story for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies are as bad as possible? If it is the second then it is, I am afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils. You see, one is beginning to wish that black was a little blacker. If we give that wish its head, later on we shall wish to see grey as black, and then to see white itself as black. Finally we shall insist on seeing everything — God and our friends and ourselves included — as bad, and not be able to stop doing it: we shall be fixed for ever in a universe of pure hatred.(from here)
I am hardly the first to use this quote in this context, but it is so applicable it is important we all consider it. This is true whether we like or detest MAGA hats. Just as it does no good to assume the worst of Catholic high school boys, it does no good to assume the worst of Liberal Democrats, even news reporters.