By Gregg Sanderson
Operating from the need to be right, love gets obscured and destructive nonsense happens.
Nothing interferes with Love so much as the need to be right and to seek agreement, but as Spiritual beings having a human experience, we’re susceptible to it. As students of Spiritual matters, we know enough to overcome it. Don’t we?
Still, people who love each other actually argue over which way to mount the toilet paper. They insist their kind of music is “better” or that their team will win the big game. Members of the same family stop speaking to each other because they vote differently.
On a larger scale, there are religions that preach Love and Peace, convinced that their way is the way. Then they back it up with torturous inquisition and/or homicidal enforcement.
We have two major political parties, and each knows its way is the “right” way. Members believe those in the other party are “misguided”—a euphemism for “stupid.” They discover from peers what to think, and believe only facts that support their position. Whoever shouts the loudest wins.
Operating from the need to be right, love gets obscured and destructive nonsense happens. Relationships crumble; friendships end and fanatics get undeserved adulation. Was there anybody in any war who wasn’t convinced their cause was the right one? Nobody ever said, “God is on their side.”
Then there are also those of us, myself included, who look at the entire human condition and proclaim, “That’s the way it is.” Not everybody is as lucky as I am to have a friend who reminds me in her own inimitable way, “Yep, it sure is…unless it’s something else.”
Which brings us back to the path of Love. Remember Love? It transcends every point of view. Is the tissue issue important as long as it’s there when you need it? Is Rock better than Rap? Maybe that’s why Love created headphones. It was Andrew Carnegie who said, “If two people agree on everything, one of them is unnecessary.”
The expression “There’s no love lost…” actually means the exact opposite. Love doesn’t ever get lost. Self-righteousness buries it.
We can find it again with a single word–Namaste—that we can paraphrase to mean, “The Love in me greets the Love in you.” In the heat of righteous disdain a sense of Namaste can restore balance and we don’t even have to give up our opinions.
Isn’t that right?
Gregg Sanderson is author of Spirit With A Smile, The World According To BOB. He is a licensed practitioner in the Centers for Spiritual Living, and a Certified Trainer for Infinite Possibilities. His earlier books were, What Ever Happened To Happily Ever After? and Split Happens—Easing The Pain Of Divorce. His latest project is the New Thought Global Network, where subscribers can enjoy the best in New Thought presentations from anywhere at any time. You can see it at http://www.newthoughtglobal.org.