Gagdad Bob says that a big part of what it means to be spiritual is to be keen on distinguishing between good and evil and resolute at despising the evildoer as well as the evil that he does. He says that anyone who counsels loving the evildoer is naive at best, and he seems to imply that any allegedly great spiritual figure who counsels this is a phony.
But when someone asks him which truly great spiritual figures exhort us to despise anyone for any reason, he falls silent. He does the same when he's asked about the biblical injunction to "hate the sin but love the sinner." A commentator quotes Frithjof Schuon to the effect that it's OK to love the sinner but not the evildoer. But when he's asked to explain the difference between evildoing and sin, he too has nothing more to say.
Is it ever spiritually desirable to hate or despise someone? Does any great spiritual figure or document tell us to do this? Does anyone's spiritual heart of hearts tell him or her to do this?
Mine certainly doesn't. Does Gagdad Bob's?
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