Loving thy enemy does not mean you allow an aggressor to attack you.
You can’t love anyone if you don’t protect your health.
If you are forced to resort to violence or intimidation to protect yourself from a threat your response will be more effective if you are calm and your agenda is clear and organized.
If you are afraid or angry you are likely to behave in ways you do not prefer, that don’t serve you best.
When we are impulsive and hasty we are more likely to suffer.
We all have a default knee jerk response to conflicts and irritations and as we rush around in this fast paced world we grow more and more likely to act impulsively and impatiently towards strangers.
When we see people having a bad day in a bad mood we never see what led them there.
To an outsider it seems like madness. More often than not though if you could see what led people at their worst to be at that point, you’d probably lift them up and dust them off rather than scowl and judge.
Most evidence suggests that frozen beliefs, incapable of evolving as new info becomes available, do not serve modern humans best.
The suggestion is not being made that we always have a clear choice between fear and love or that they are even distinguishable at all times.
Perspective changes everything.
Change seems to be the only universal constant or observation we can count on happening again. The world is not black and white, it is better understood as many shades of gray that advance as time elapses. Naturally as a result of everything changing: Attachments to forms begets suffering.
This message “Love Feels Best” is merely a neutral observation:
As we rush around we may respond to conflicts and adversity with a hasty, impulsive, default reaction. If we take a moment to consider the ideal response we tend to realize that love and compassion serve us better than fear or anger. Beauty and darkness surround us and whatever we focus on grows stronger and consumes our lives more. Darkness shouldn’t be ignored though because staring into it has a tendency to help it evaporate and inspire. The two are eternally inseparable, two different sides but the same coin, yin and yang. Good things lead to bad things lead to great things lead to terrible things lead to amazing things and so on.
We will never see the entire chain of events so labeling pieces of the puzzle at all is less than insightful.
Pain makes people great. Pain makes people sick. Pleasure makes people great. Pleasure makes people sick.
I didn’t really invent the message “Love Feels Best”, it was created by the Earth. I’m just a messenger made of sunlight and water and deeper down the same thing that makes all things.
The sea has her waves.
Learn to ride them you must.
It’s by them we are carried or violently crushed. – LFB