HATE: a : intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury b : extreme dislike or antipathy.
With the definition up front and center, let’s see if we can figure out its proper application, shall we?
It is my opinion that 99% of the people that throw the word hate at the first indication that somebody might disagree with them, have never experienced or even witnessed hate in its true and purest of forms. Hate is soul-consuming, obsessive and downright ugly. Hate makes people nonchalantly behave in ways that shock other people to the core of their basic humanity. Hate is Arbeit Macht Frei, Year Zero, Klaverns and Pogrom. Hate is calculating, methodical and leads to death.
So the next time you feel the “need” to use that word, stop for a second and make sure it applies properly and you are not just using it because your tender sensitivities were somewhat battered by somebody’s comments or actions.