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Focusing Love

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

For me, Martin Luther King Jr. and love always go hand-in-hand. As I’ve been going about the day, remembering his life and his impact on our world, I keep coming back to the subject of love. So much of what I’ve heard in my life focuses on loving your neighbor or your enemy, but I think the root of all that is really love of self. Many of us that grew up with the bible can easily recall “you shall love your neighbor as yourself,” but I almost wonder if it should have been “love yourself so you can love your neighbor.”

I can only think that if we loved ourselves more, it would be impossible to treat others so poorly. What do you think? Should we really be focusing more on loving ourselves and let the rest follow?

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  • Kim Douillard

    Hi Luke,
    This post hit home. I do agree that loving yourself is a necessary prerequisite to loving anyone else. I certainly see that dynamic play out in the classroom as well. It’s also true that being loved for who you are is a stepping stone to loving yourself. We just need to spread more love around!

    • luhoka

      Well said Kim!