Monthly Archives: August 2011

On Loving Enemies

I don’t believe in every word that the Bible has to say, but here are some pertinent (and very often-referenced) ones: “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn … Continue reading

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Justice is Compassion

I don’t know where the age old concept of justice as “rewarding the right and punishing the wrong” came from, and I don’t know how the “rewarding the good” part seems to have been forgotten about altogether, leaving us with … Continue reading

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What We Yearn For

This post is adapted from a conversation I just had in the comments section of an earlier post, and I thought it warranted further exploration. Many indigenous tribes have known for millennia that we (humans) are intimately connected with all … Continue reading

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To Love Well, Also Enjoy Life Deeply

I just wrote that loves seeks to create abundant joy. It helps, in creating joy, to know what we’re trying to create. So in a loving life, we must take time to engage in those activities which create joy in … Continue reading

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What is Joy?

Some people think that love desires to create happiness, whether in ourselves or others. I believe this is true, but that to understand it we need a more complex explanation of what those words really mean. What is happiness? Is … Continue reading

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Why Love and Compassion Are Not, at Their Root, Egoistic Acts

As a philosophy student I encountered several people who appeared to be convinced that, at the heart of things, human are ego-centered beings, and that every action we take is in some sense directed at the gratification of our own … Continue reading

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Responding to Violence with Compassion

The big question is how? Meaning how are we as a race and as individuals to respond to violence in a way that is both non-violent and preventative of further violence? This is probably the most difficult question in formulating … Continue reading

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