“Hate is love in retreat. Which means, that had love not been present in the first place, there could be no hate. Hate among strangers isn’t hate, it’s either fear or anger.” ~ Mike Dooley, Infinite Possibilities
So why do so many people use the word ‘hate’ to describe the conflicts in our world? The ‘big picture’ we are exposed to through the news media seems to fuel the conflicts, not support resolutions.
According to the Book of Corinthians 1-13, in the Christian Bible, the qualities of love are as follows. “Love is patient, love is kind,” “it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” Then it lists everything love is not. “..It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
To the Buddhists, love is a quality that encompasses everything and everyone. Loving kindness is said to be the highest form of love.
Every culture and religion purports love to be at the center of all human beings. So why are we, as a global community, not able to love each other unconditionally, or even respect each other’s views and opinions, and find peaceful solutions?
Why do we fear each other so? Why is there so much anger? Because we are different? It cannot be personal.
How do we apply love to our world? It seems to me that being personally accountable, by becoming aware of your own thoughts, words and actions toward our global situation is the first step. What are you teaching your children, grandchildren, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even people in your church when you express your personal views? Is it love? Or is it hate – fear and/or anger?
How can we love others if we do not love ourselves first? How can we teach love if we do not love ourselves first?