Hate + Hate = Hate
Hate + Love cancel each other out.
Love + Love = Love
These simple equations are the answer to all problems.
When tragedy happens, it opens up so many avenues of discussion. I have already read many opinions and theories. I have lain in contemplation and wonder. I have asked the big question, Why?
I think of the people who can choose a path of hate and again I ask, Why?
I have no answers. All I know is that answering the call of hate with hate, anger, discrimination, and judgment breeds more hate. I do know this is not the answer.
It starts with forgiveness and then ends in love.
Forgiveness is a big and powerful act. We often don’t want to forgive because we equate it to acceptance and saying what was done was OK.
Forgiveness is much different though. It is about letting go of anger and moving forward. Remember anger grows hate and hate creates hate which never ends well.
It is hate the started these tragedies and as long as we allow hate to live more tragedy and acts of hate will happen.
The only thing that cancels out hate is love. Love starts with us. We must love where we can and how we can. We must look out our front and back doors and find people to love. We must let go of our fear, anger and hate. We must overcome our need to blame.
It will be hard, almost impossible for some. Notice I say almost because it is possible. It is possible to let go and stand above the people of hate. We must offer them love. We must blanket the world in love, forgiveness and kindness. Together we can smother out the fuel that feeds hate. We must.
It starts with us. It starts with each of our individual brands of love. Love is powerful. Love is capable. Love is the weapon against hate.
Don’t be angry. Be love. Don’t be resentful. Be love.
This act I ask of you is huge. I ask that we all let go of our anger and hate and instead embrace love. As the equations above show, love is the only answer.
Love is the answer.