My housemates and I love to watch Masterchef. Partly because we're all foodies and enjoy the cooking side of it, and partly because it's just so easy to hate. The obviously-scripted segments, the tears, the three-song soundtrack, the predictable format of every episode... it's an easy show to tear holes in. But aside from "it's easy," why do we do it? Why do we love to hate?
Disagreement, opposition or even simple teasing creates a division which splits the group into two. It creates an "us" against the "them" we are hating. We are united. We belong.
By joining with others to ridicule something else, we strengthen our bonds and feel included. By bringing others down we seek to push ourselves up.
This idea can be seen throughout society.
As Tim Minchin says in his 2013 Honorary Doctorate acceptance speech from the University of Western Australia, "Define yourself by what you love... Be demonstrative and generous in your praise of those you admire. Send thank-you cards and give standing ovations. Be pro-stuff, not just anti-stuff."
It's so easy to hate. To push other things below you, to give an air of not caring. The real challenge is to open ourselves up to being "pro-stuff" - pro-love, pro-happiness, pro-literature, pro-swimming, whatever it is you love. Find it, embrace it, and radiate positivity.