Rules are not the best building blocks for love ... love is not an end result, it’s a choice. When we love others, we grant them the freedom to be themselves (within non-injurious boundaries). Love is patient, forgiving and tolerant. In all human relationship, freedom of individuality allows love the best possible opportunity to cultivate (world) peace. If one party is unable or unwilling to extend this basic human right of personhood to another, then both must settle for a lesser alternative than all love can be. Love cannot be limited to a particular socio-religious “norm.”
Renowned religious philosopher Simone Weil (1909-1943) noted “Love consents to everything and commands only those who consent to it. Love is abdication. God is abdication.” This abdication involves relinquishing power in favor of love.
The give and take of love costs nothing and everything ... the willing surrender of self. Stubborn pride, ego and self-centeredness restrict this flow. Humility releases it.
Springsteen croons, “In the end what you don’t surrender, the world just strips away.”
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Christ demonstrated total surrender on the Cross. He remains the only world religious figure to ever entreat all humanity to actually love our enemies. He didn’t abolish the rules ... He just replaced them with love.
Michael F. Howard, Boise