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There are so many definitions for an enemy. We wonder which one might be right, we combine them to find out if that could be the correct definition, alas, we never end up on an answer.

Hermann Hesse said in a famous quote:

“If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.”

So could it be that our enemies are simply those that could be the same as us? Do we really hate knowing that our personality could be shared among others? Is the human race so primitive that we are jealous at base levels? It sure makes sense to me; though perhaps not completely. Even from this I feel there is a gap between the complete definition.

Well, believe what you may, I know that I believe the enemy of my friend is also my enemy.

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