Love My Enemies? Yeah, Right.

As Stephen King would say, “Fuhgeddaboudit.”

But here’s the argument for it:

  • Peaceful, happy people don’t hate
  • When you learn tolerance, you suffer less
  • Hatred is poison for your heart, immune system, and nervous system
  • If it doesn’t kill you first, you might commit a homicide
  • Homicide leads to prison time or worse
  • Buddha, Jesus, and Mandela said not to do it

So how do you stop hating?

In their books, both Catherine Ponder and Florence Scovel Shinn recommended this easy method:

Every day for two weeks, wish (or pray) happiness for your enemy. That’s it.

Why?

  • Our enemies will start to be more real to us
  • When we really see them, compassion grows

Extra bonus:

  • When people are happier they inflict less suffering on others

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2 thoughts on “Love My Enemies? Yeah, Right.

  1. Really important to be reminded of this. Should be front page news once a month!

    Might like this about bullying in schools…

    We all need to start understanding and treating each other a little better!

  2. I think this is the one truth that has made all the difference for me when learning to love my enemies: “When we really see them, compassion grows.” When you allow yourself to see someone as a person, and life from their perspective…you can better empathize with the things that make them who they are. I have learned to love many people that have hurt me by doing this.

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