Why We Should Love One Another

by Percival J. Meris on April 25, 2009

IN THIS WORLD, SOME FORMS OF SOCIAL CONFLICT HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A NORMAL OCCURRENCE. Friends quarrel. Couples break up. Citizens rebel against their governments. Nations go to war. At its worst, loss of lives and destruction of properties result. Not a desirable situation in our lives. Why do these things happen? There is an important element missing – LOVE!

Selfish Love vs. True Love

Hatred, contrary to what many people think, is not the antithesis of love. Selfishness, the inordinate love of oneself, is the direct opposite of love for others. Hatred is merely born out of it.

Many people think they love. But oftentimes their brand of love is less genuinely concerned about the interest of others than of their own. This is evident when love breaks down whenever their own interests are compromised in the relationship.

The first law of nature is self-preservation, and self-interest has its roots in this basic instinct. There is nothing wrong with taking care of our self-interest and with loving ourselves. We cannot give love to others unless we have it in ourselves. However, when one is compelled to make a choice, the test of true love is if he puts the interest of another above his own.

We are one.

We are all one. We are part of the same energy field permeating this universe and the entire “multiverse”. Energy is the only thing that exists. Even matter is energy, the two being really different forms of the same thing. Our share of this energy is our spirit. Spirit is what we really are, part of that universal spirit (energy) that pervades everything that there is.

When we don’t love other creatures, it is like your left hand not loving your right hand. As both the left and the right hands are part and parcel of the same organism, whatever happens to one happens to the other. When the right hand meets with injury, does not the left hand come to its rescue?

Love All Creatures, Living and Nonliving.

In this universal tapestry of energy of which all creatures, animate or inanimate, are a part, you may be the left hand, and I the right. Therefore, we should love all persons, all animals and plants, and all things. We are one spirit, manifested in different forms.

This universe is characterized by unity in diversity. Imagine a vast body of water, called an ocean. It is in liquid form, and you are a part of it. Then, parts of it solidify into icebergs. You are one of the icebergs. This gives you a distinct identity from the rest. This does not mean, however, that you are no longer part of the liquid and the other solid ocean water. You are different but still the same. Unfortunately, it is this diversity that leads us to believe that we are different and apart from one another, which prevents us from loving truly.

Give love to all creatures, for you are one with them. They are an extension of you, and you an extension of them.

I Give To You; You Give To Me: True Love?

Mutual giving is ideal in any love situation. What if you give and receive nothing in return: should love cease to exist? True love is unconditional. You do not love on the condition that you will receive something in return. The only thing you will receive in return is the joy it brings.

Our Model: The Greatest Lover of All

And what about the greatest lover of all? He suffered for others, but suffered in joy. “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) That, my friend, is the whole story of the Passion of Jesus Christ.

Selfish love has always been a cause of one’s unhappiness. If you want to be happy, love others as yourself. Love God with all your heart and soul.

True love demands the greatest sacrifice, but it also brings the greatest joy.


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