Aggression

 

Aggression is not hatred. The lion does not hate its prey. Aggression turns to hatred when childhood feelings of helplessness and dependency are revived.

We seek to root out in others the past and present powerlessness we cannot tolerate in ourselves. Hatred is a function of impotence. Aggression is most likely to turn into hatred in people who have not effectively dealt with their own feelings of personal powerlessness. The strong are far less likely to hate than the weak.

 

Richard Rubenstein - Eros and Morality