Welcome to the Love Beats Hate blogging event. Participating in this event is a no-brainer: of course love beats hate! I want to be one of many that remind, discuss and proclaim this today.
When I signed up for this blogging event, I had two ideas in my mind:
The first was a title of a book, Love Is Stronger Than Death by Peter J. Kreeft, a book I read a while ago that really struck a chord with me.
The second was this quote, author unknown: You only love (insert your favorite word for God here) as much as you love the person you love the least.
And wouldn't you know it, as I was trying to figure out what to write about, the Universe directed me over to the TED website where I found this talk by Tibetan Monk Robert Thurman on Expanding Your Circle of Compassion:
This is the ultimate lesson in how to allow love to beat hate and I found it enlightening. He explains why we need to expand our compassion to our enemies and the seven step meditation method he suggests to accomplish this is some pretty powerful stuff. I especially liked the insight on why you want your enemies to be happy.
As for me, I think the lessons of love that I am trying to learn include:
- Even the people acting the most unloveable have some small thing you can love about them.
- You can love someone and not like them.
- Love doesn't mean putting up with all the crap someone dishes out.
- Love means accepting someone as they are, warts and all.