Hate = Isolation
The moment that you hate is the moment that you isolate.
One of the issues I have with the American “democratic” ethos is the egalitarianism so widely accepted and believed in it. What I mean by that is this: the American instinct is to believe so strongly that all men are equal, and should be equal, that anything that might be considered elite or actually be elite undergoes a crucifixion, to the loss of the mob.
One of the great losses in turn is the ability to enjoy the elite and learn from them.
There exists in America, whether you like it or not, a cultural elite. These are people that are a product of a great many thing: natural talent, conducive environment, hard work and right timing. And when the planets align for these individuals of Herculean means, rather than enjoy the art and grow from it, our first instinct is to find something to hate. At that moment, the hater is robbed, by his own hands, of fresh eyes from which to view the world, and the democratic spirit is actually crushed.
A democratic spirit is the hardest spirit in the world to possess, because it requires humility, respect, and a desire for knowledge. Most Americans don’t deserve democracy. Democracy is actually a great disaster without a moral people. A benevolent dictatorship in many ways is greater than a failed democracy because it resembles a parent ruling children, who are wild and incapable of caring for themselves and one another.
I am not surprised at the hate that John Mayer, Bon Iver, Taylor Swift and Kanye West receive from the followers of others respective camps, because we live in a day and age of failed democracy, mainly because America is morality-disabled.
All of these artists are incredible in their own right and can be learned from by everyone; regardless of whether you enjoy the specified genre you can recognize the talent and hard work and learn a thing or two from the craftsmanship.
But specifically, addressing artists, you cannot make the mistake of hating great artists; you cannot afford to miss the tiniest bit of inspiration that may be your Sword in the Stone moment. If you foster a democratic spirit you will certainly reap a continual harvest of inspiration and ideas.
Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris