"Love" as I know it is an emotional connection requiring a distinct target. One might be able to love all of humanity in a generic sense, but it's not the same as the love one feels for someone they know personally. If you equate the two, you cheapen the personal connection considerably.Y'know, I know I said the last one was my final post but I made the mistake of looking in... I am discouraged by what I see.
I'm going to set the bible aside for this one, but there's no stopping the spirit burning inside me. I'm going to go off of the idea of subjective reality.
I found this to be dangerous thinking. That all of reality is only relative. That our frame of reference is only based on past and present relationship to the world around us. But let's indulge that concept for a minute.
Etymology for relative early 15c., "having reference," from Middle French relatif and directly from Late Latin relativus (see relative (n.)). Meaning "compared to each other" is from 1590s; that of "depending on a relationship to something else" is from 1610s.
Our relationship to our world determines our reality. Therefore, in the midst of this divisiveness and hatred what kind of reality do I want to live in?
For me, love isn't an indulgence. It isn't a strong emotional persuasion. It isn't a feeling I get. It is actually something I've been commanded to live out. It is a tone that I am obliged to pound into my heart on a daily basis.
What do you think being given such a tall order has done to my subjective reality? What do you think believing the idea that it is possible to love every person on this planet has done to my worldview? Would you believe that it's a bad thing. That it's just a lie I tell myself? That some people don't deserve love or that I should be allowed to pick and choose who I will be indifferent to, who I will hate, who I will love?
I'd like to also add the plagiarized idea that if I knew everything that there is to know, every mystery of this world, but I didn't love; that knowledge would be useless. That if I inherited everything and was given all authority over all of humanity, but didn't know what love was, I would be in misery. That if I was the wealthiest man in the world, but didn't love, I would be worse off than someone in poverty.
For the Christians in this thread you know this commandment and I'd like to promote the idea that it is the most important of them all, far above all the wedge issue garbage you like to argue about.
And for the atheists I'd like you to just consider the possibility of this commandment, and using it in a secular way in order to change your own brain chemistry to a more pleasant reality.
I don't want to get into a huge debate over moral relativism or presuppositional apologetics, but I will say that probably any person in this thread knows this is accurate, whether or not their pride allows it. That being said, carry on, you have always been free to hate.
But you have been set free so that you can love.
What I feel for all humans is not love. It's kinship. It's based on empathy. I can feel it for other kinds of animals too, especially when I can relate to them in some way.
Do you want to live in a world where other thinking agents empathize with you? Allowing this faculty to guide you will contribute to creating such a world. That's reason enough.