The Kind Of Love That Works

“Hatred never ceases through hatred, by love alone does it end. This is an ancient truth.”

– Buddha

 

I’ve seen a lot of protests lately. The anger and frustration in peoples seems somewhat justified. But the hate is questionable. The vengeance only pushes pain from one heart to another.

I guess sometimes it seems like hatred is the quickest way to defend our beliefs. But it’s those quick thoughtless reactions that cut us deeper, as people.

How can we solve this? Were the Beetles right? Is love really all we need? Could it be as simple as hugging our enemies?

I remember when one of my coworkers told me that “all that peace and love stuff is great, but it doesn’t do anything”. He’s right, it usually doesn’t. Because in too many cases we’re looking to have fun instead of using love as a way to approach our lives. There has to be a balance between the two. The pain, the fear and the sadness need to be addressed too.

Fundamentally, our ideas around love are broken. We think it’s weak. We think it’s about dreaming of better days and ignoring that the worlds on fire. That’s the wrong kind of love. We need the kind of love that works.

We need the kind of love that can absorb waves of sorrow like a sponge. The kind of love that can extinguish the fire of frustration. The kind of love that stand firm.

If enough of us get together, we can do a whole lot. We just have to remember why we’re here. Do we want peace or do we want chaos? Do we want resolutions or more problems?

Love is strength. It’s the willingness to accept things as they are. It’s powerful enough to look hate in the eyes and see the reflection of our own humanness.

We won’t last if we keep hating each other. Love is our path survival. Open your heart and use it.

 

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