Strange Tale of a Former New York Times Reporter
When you think about a news reporter who had worked for New York Times for nearly a decade, you probably wouldn't expect him to be eating food from a garbage dump and sleeping on the streets.
That is exactly the description of Mark Hawthorne, the former NYT reporter who has been living on the streets of Berkeley, CA since 1986.
Hawthorne is an unusual character, according to the San Francisco Chronicle article. He preaches a philosophy of hate, but in the most unlikely way. He came across gentle and coherent when reporter Kevin Fagan interviewed him for the article.
At 73, Hawthorne has redefined the word hate. According to Oxford dictionary the word hate connotes hostility, in Hawthorne’s vocabulary however the word stands for “negative feelings.” When Hawthorne tells someone, “I hate you,” he is not expressing any hostility towards that person rather admitting that he has negative feelings about that person that emanates naturally. The great philosopher J. Krishnamurthy had called it “fear from unknown.”
Hawthorne says, "only when we are frank enough to admit this negative feeling about others can we begin to have meaningful conversation." He adds, “Don’t be threatening or angry or snotty - just straight.”
When Hawthorne was asked if he believes in the expression of love, he answered, "love is something that is to be felt rather than expressed, and we shall act on those positive feelings not merely verbalize them."
Hawthorne is often seen on the streets of Berkley in “cast-off women’s clothes” and may not always appear rational. Obviously, there is more to life than what meets the eyes.