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Three Kinds of Love
By Peg Scarano
I do not attend church regularly, but I did go this past weekend. The homily spoke to me. The deacon talked about the three kinds of love: Love of family – passionate and deep; brotherly love – respect and concern for friends, neighbors, coworkers and people in general; love of God – Whoever or whatever your God may be – He/She could be the moon or the sun. And I had an epiphany.
Our country and the world are a mess. Our federal, state and local governments are run by politicians who have lost their way. Our children’s faces are buried in their iPads and phones where they play war games in fantasy worlds. How are they ever going learn about life and love? And they are our future. There is ISIS, North Korea, Syria, Nigeria and Putin infiltrating and threatening not only our country, but the entire world. Muslims, Christians, Islamics, Hindis, Buddhists and atheists are all at odds. The North and the South; the black and the white; law enforcement and both black and white; to kneel or not to kneel; which is the appropriate bathroom for us to use; respect or no respect; love or hate; sense or nonsense; good or evil; fake news or real news; and the list goes on and on and on.
All of this leaves me bewildered, confused, scared, anxious and troubled when it should be as easy as 1-2-3 kinds of love. Why does it always have to be black or white? Why can’t there be any gray – a blend of compromise and tolerance? Why can’t we all just respectfully communicate with each other: country to country; democrat to republican to independent; man to woman and face to face instead of always taking one step forward and two steps back? Why can’t we all think before we speak? And why can’t we think with an open, rational mind instead of the “I’m always right” mentality? What happened to the notion of compromise? Have all of these concepts died or simply drifted away from our intellectual senses due to lack of use?
My epiphany was simple. We need to focus on the three kinds of love – become a kinder, gentler people capable of listening, feeling compassion and caring about each other and mankind as a whole instead of being selfish, arrogant, cruel, egotistical and heartless human beings. We are brittle and hard and on the verge of breaking into a million pieces.