Why Hate Is Nonsensical

They tried to get me to hate white people, but someone would always come along & spoil it. ~ Thelonious "Sphere" Monk

This is Thelonious “Sphere” Monk, he has been gone from this world since 1982.

He was a famous  jazz pianist and composer who had a unique improvisational style.

Here is a stunning fact: Thelonious only wrote about 70 compositions, whereas Duke Ellington wrote over a thousand! Duke Ellington is the most recorded jazz composer of all time, Thelonious is second! Second with only 70 compositions!

His most famous composition is Round Midnight.

Thelonious (for some reason, I love writing that name) was even on a 32 cent stamp issued in 1995.

Until last week when I was serendipitously blessed, I had never heard of him.

Now I can’t forget his enlightened words.

Because regardless of your race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation, we would do it well to remember his words when the stupidity of hate threatens to overwhelm our minds and hearts:

They tried to get me to hate white people, but someone would always come along & spoil it.

What I really love about his words is how applicable they are to so many social situations. For example:

  • They tried to get me to hate men, but someone would always come along & spoil it.
  • They tried to get me to hate gays, but someone would always come along & spoil it.
  • They tried to get me to hate French people, but someone would always come along & spoil it.

See what I mean?

With all the insanity that is currently happening in this country and across the world, the truth Thelonious wrote in his diary all those years ago is more relevant right now than ever.

Call to action: Can you apply Thelonious’ words to one of your own life experiences? If so, share, share, share in the comments.

Click here to read another post on another great musician: It Was Always Lucille.

11 thoughts on “Why Hate Is Nonsensical

  1. Hate might be self satisfying in the short term, but soul destroying in the long run. My view is to look for commonalities and to downplay differences.

  2. Thelonious Monk was a great composer and Round Midnight is a great composition. I like the lightness of the wisdom it brings to the word hate. Are we really that different? Of course we are not!

  3. I have never heard of this man until now, but truer words have never been spoken. Hatred is for ignorant people. In my lifetime, I have met and become friends with people of all races, and I can truly say that a lot of these people have been the most influential in my life.

    To hate anyone because of their race or nationality would be a true example of my ignorance. I am glad that I was wise enough to have learn this early on in my life.

    1. I know what you mean. Honestly, the people who have been the most loving and the most generous have not been people of my own race or even family members. Proof to me that hating people solely on their differences from me is ignorant!

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