If you Love your Family, but not every member of the Family of Man – You know not Love.
If you Love your Pet, but not the dog that barks next door – You know not Love.
If you Love the beautiful face, but not the old crone – you know not Love.
If you Love your home and yet enforce barriers to keep those without a home from it – you know not Love.
If you Love your sporting team but not the Umpires or the fans of the (or the members of the) opposing side, without whom there is no game – You know not Love.
If you Love that little luxury in life but keep it only for your own and would not share it with one who suffers – you know not Love.
If you Love your wealth and store it up without using it to do good – You know not Love.
If you show favour to those with fortune yet reject those who’s fortunes have fallen – you know not Love
To be one who truly Loves you must not show discrimination to any race, colour or creed.
To be one who Loves it is necessary to oppose only actions – not the people who take (for reasons you may be unable to fully comprehend) those actions.
To be one who Loves it is necessary to remember that all mankind has a heart, soul and a brain as do you;
That anyone may have a child that is Loved as much as is your own;
That they are undoubtedly someone’s son or daughter, brother or sister, mother or father;
That their way of living, however foreign, is as precious to them as yours is to you;
and their life is equally as valuable as your own.
In short, if you cannot give to those unlike you, that which you would give to those of your own ‘kind’, You have not True Love in your Heart.
( by ‘love’ Apr 2007)