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Love and hate. A pair of strikingly simple, straightforward words and concepts, among the very first that every child learns. Neither individual lives nor collective history have ever come to pass independent of their influence; because someone somewhere loves or hates, wars decimate populations, inventions upend economies, philosophies alter thinking, art redefines culture, Civilization As We Know It rises and falls. Base they may be, but these incorrigible twins are the driving forces behind every one of our thoughts, words, and deeds, great and small - put enough power behind love, and there’s no limit to how exalted something can become. Give similar weight to hate, and anything can be undone in an instant.
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