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“Hatred eats the soul of the hater, not the hated.”

"I know about the bad. I look where it is good."

An interview of Alice Herz-Sommer, the oldest surviving victim of the Holocaust by Anthony Robbins. When asked about the secret of her longevity, Alice says: "I look where it is good."


Alice is the author of A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor.

Tony is the author of Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!

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Facing life optimistic is the only way to live

This lady is truly blessed to have such a good heart, and if she finds no great things to enjoy, she finds little things to keep herself smiling and happy.

People who think and feel in this way are becoming rare.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Lessons she learned from her mother, that helped her

in the concentration camp: (6:50)

Tony Robbins: "What did your mother teach you about gratitude?"

Alice: "Complaining doesn't change people. They complain, ya-ya-yah..."

Tony: "Nothing changes."

Alice: "I'm grateful to my mother that she was interested in having her 5 children learn, learn, learn. To know. To know. This is a process. And then, to be thankful. For instance, to be a survivor as I am, with my son - thankful for everything... Everything is a present.

"This I learned. To be thankful for everything."

Laughter and gratitude!

The twin pillars of longevity?

Thanks, Michael. This was awesome.

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." - Khalil Gibran

I was not going to respond, but due to the below posts I will.

I 'hated' politics, therefore I ignored them my entire life...up until I was forced by a sibling to look into Ron Paul. I then jumped in with both feet, not knowing what I was getting myself into.

Time went on and I found myself mingling with 'tea-party', Christian Coalition, and committee meetings. I was furious that they could not see in decades what I saw in one short month. I was furious at how misguided they were and how they believe that they were superior in intellect and political savvy. Always happy go lucky and would never harm a fly (literally), I was thrown out of one meeting, stormed out of another, and temporarily gave up on more. But then I took a step back and pondered.

I brought coffee and yummy snacks to the meeting where I was initially kicked out. I set up a table with literature and banners. I took the time to laugh and chuckle, and understand how they got to the point that they were at. They are now beginning to see the light.

The committee chair and I had a huge blow out the first day that we met. I called him a mindless shill in front of everybody where he hosted the dinner (on his own tab). After we got that out of the way and began to talk, we both learned that we are both good-hearted people with loving families. Our styles are different, but now we both get disappointed when one is sometimes absent. We have become good friends, sit by each other at every meeting and talk about whatever makes us smile :-)

It is ok to get upset. It is ok to get things off of your chest. But to 'hate' is not something that is in my core.

I am thankful for many things. I am thankful for good health and for having a loving family and friends. I am thankful that I live in America. I am thankful that the man upstairs gave me the strength to continue to try to make a difference. I feel that I am but do not know if I am. But as long as friends and others tell me that I do make a difference, I will continue.

Right now I am in very harsh words with RLC. I am sure that in time we will work our differences out, as long as there is not 'hate' :-)

I do not condone an eye for an eye. But I will NEVER turn the other cheek ;-)

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

Thank you for what you do!

You are inspiring.

kind people rock

Thanks, Michael.

"Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die."—(original source unknown)

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Similiar to the AA explanation..

I'll show you - I'll kill me.

I hate the s-h-i-t out of corporately owned politicians who sell

their votes for power and control.
Hate 'em.
I wish them very slow, very painful, very agonizing, death for violating the trust people put into them.

I hate being robbed daily by these scum sucking, cowardly, liars and murderous thieves. There isn't anything they won't try to take a piece out of for their own interests.

I hate the way they manipulate and harm trusting, loyal, Americans who are just trying to live their lives and get along with each other.

The dirty politicians should be rounded up, tried and sent to North Korea and fed to 120 wild dogs like Kim Jong Un's uncle.

I understand your sentiment.

It is one thing to say you do not hate someone who has wronged you in the past but it's a whole other thing when they are actively harming you.

There is nothing wrong with hate.

Even God hates. The problem is when you let hate control your emotions and actions. Anyone who says they don't hate is lying to themselves.

Hate is Weakness

Hatred comes from weakness. If you hate, it's because you feel weak. If you are strong, then you might despise someone, or be indifferent, but you can't hate them if they're beneath you.

Think about it: even if you "hate" ants, it's because they make you feel powerless!

If God is omnipotent, then he is Love, not hate. Strength allows one to forgive, to be loving in spite of another's bad character or behavior. I would suspect the "hate" in the quote you gave was a mistranslation.

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No it doesn't

Hate is a natural and useful emotion. You are obviously heavily influenced by the feel good mantra of our liberal society. I suppose you also hold to the erroneous saying that violence doesn't accomplish anything? Right?

GOD hated. Mal 1:3 "And I hatedH8130 Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness." Rom 9:13 "As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hatedG3404."

King David hated. Psa 26:5 "I have hatedH8130 the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked."

Hate is not only aimed a people. There are a lot of things and people to hate in this world and rightfully so. If you do not hate unrighteousness and wickedness and you call yourself christian then ...


Proverbs 6:16-19 The "Things" (not individual people) which God hates.

"There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to mischief, 19 A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.

I doubt God is very pleased with the activities around governments nowadays.

I think Alice is attempting to avoid the haughty eyes, mischief and spreading of strife herself.

Very uplifting...

Great way to begin a day!

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Thank you

I'm glad it had an impact. I hope it makes for a better day for you!