Hate (born Mark Hawthorne) also called Hate Man, is an American writer. His beliefs center on people being honest about their negative feelings. He is locally famous in Berkeley, California, where he has lived since 1973.
Mark was from Stamford, CT and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1958 with a BA in English. While at UCONN he was Managing Editor of the Daily Campus, the University newspaper. He was also a member of AROTC and received his commission upon graduation. Hawthorne was an officer in the US Air Force and served at a SAC base in Morocco. He was also a Peace Corps volunteer. He started at The New York Times as a copy boy and worked as a reporter in the Metro section from 1961 to 1970 before he left, divorced his wife, and "started being downward mobile."
Hawthorne created a philosophy he calls oppositionality which is centered on treating people kindly even though you are in a bad mood. He has created his own following. The group has a practice, initiated by Hawthorne, of verbally pushing one another for what they want. Hawthorne indicates that this is about feeling out the other person's energy and communicating something to the other person about where the are coming from. The idea is to avoid negative conflict by bringing such differences out in the open, rather than creating situations where people rob or con one another for what they want. He used to initiated a nightly "hate camp" on Sproul Plaza where local people released their animosity. "hate camp" is known as the camp that forms around him. Camping here makes you a "hate camper". A "true hate camper" being someone who believes in the camp and takes an active role in helping the community it creates.
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