Living in our day and age, it often seems that there is no love. It seems that there is only hate. Why is that? Is it because we are afraid to love or is it because hate is so much easier to do?
I truly believe love conquers all. Love is the strongest force in the universe. The qualities of love are binding and blinding. Love binds people together. Love will take strangers and make them friends. Love is so blind that it does not care about gender, race, religion, culture, etc. Love hurdles any obstacle that is placed in front of it. It is like light. Just a small amount can overcome anything that is against it. When we operate in love there is nothing that we cannot do. Love can give you strength that you never knew that you had.
That is why society teaches us to hate. Society teaches us at a young age to hate what's different. They even break it down to boys versus girls. They tell boys that they cannot play with girl toys and that vice versa. They teach you to hate people who have less or more than you. Worst of all, they teach us to hate ourselves. They teach us that if we do not look a certain way, make a certain amount of money, or have a certain amount of education, that you are inferior and you should look down upon yourself.
They teach the black woman that their curves, brown skin and hair that defies gravity are wrong and that they should hate themselves and aspire to look the models on TV. They teach the child of the family that immigrated to America that they do not belong and they should be ashamed that they struggled to learn English. Society will teach you to hate a person of another religion even if there is no justification for it.
Society wants us to be hateful because they know it easier to spread hate than it is love. Hate spreads like wildfire consuming everything in its path until nothing but ashes remain. Love spreads at a much slower rate. Love is that calming presence that you feel in your soul. Love is what causes us to think about our actions. Love causes us to seek to understand others. Love causes us.
Hate cannot exist where love is. That is why it is important to do everything with love. When we choose to love our enemies like we love our friends we will no longer have enemies. When we love our friends like we like ourselves we learn that our friends are more than just people there for convenience. Most importantly, when we love ourselves everyone we encounter will have no choice but to love us or move out the way for people who will.