Eschew Hate

Hating the haters?

It is sad to hear news reports of protesters and Trump supporters clashing in Chicago. News for everyone, “great” people do not participate in fist fights.   “Professional” people do not start attacks. “These people” are not destroying the country, and “those people” are not making the country great. We are arbitrarily diving people into …

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Jesus on Love

We do not know the true appearance of Jesus, and his exact words are subject to the ravages of time and translation, but we do know that Jesus was a firebrand rabbi who preached a message of radical love. What we know of Jesus is that he quoted parts of the Old Testament1  that were …

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Annoy with love

It would seem that loving someone who thinks ill of you would make it harder for them to see you as opposition… maybe? There are lots of other reasons to love someone, and we should not strive to annoy anyone, but if they do get annoyed???

Suffering

The Buddha taught the truth of suffering. Suffering arises from holding on to views that arise from ignorance of self.  Understanding (of self and all else) grows from attaining right perspectives. So many politicians foment false fears. Fears of threats that are exaggerated or imagined. Where does that fear lead? Yoda shows the result of …

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Hatred and lack of understanding start at the same point

“Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.” €• John Steinbeck Steinbeck is perhaps guilty of sexist language, or is acknowledging that hate and lack of understanding is more commonly found among men.

“Hate the sin” is just hate!!

Sometimes a seemingly good idea doesn’t stand up well under greater scrutiny. Sometimes people are not quite as admirable as they seem. This quote originates from Gandhi, who himself had some serious flaws*, so we are only dealing with this idea from him, which is often misconstrued. “Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner” This is …

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