God’s love for humanity is unconditional. We’re his children. He does not love me more than you. He does not love Jesus more than Hitler, does not love you less than Jesus or the Buddha. God is well pleased with Jesus, and doubtless he is displeased with Hitler. This is because of how they related to God’s other children.
In cultivating unconditional love for humanity, I am seeking to make myself more Godlike. I did not understand that until I was well on my way. I just decided it was what I wanted to do, not for religious reasons. In fact, I was an atheist at the time.
I don’t think much of sympathy. I live in a sleeping bag under a tarp. I break into out of the way places when it rains sometimes. Sometimes when I beg for money people see me and flinch and look away, because seeing a beggar makes them feel pain. I myself do not hurt. I don’t feel pain at begging for money and it doesn’t harm me. I kind of want to tell them I’m doing fine and there’s no reason for them to hurt, but it’s a long conversation.
I talked to a Christian woman once who felt pain at the thought of the damned. She cried while she talked to me. I told her the same thing I’d like to tell those people who flinch when they see me and look away:
Sympathy is an inherently evil emotion. Get rid of it. Cultivate compassion instead. It’s much better, much stronger stuff.
- Love, Failure, and Accepting Acceptance (melindavanry.wordpress.com)
- Defining Forgiveness: Five Things Forgiveness is Not (part three) (readingremy.com)