Pride and hatred tend to reproduce their own kind. 

Pride reinforces hatred, refusing to recognize hate for what it is; hatred reinforces pride, as it sanctions all actions as better than those of the hated others.

Humility and love would seem to have little chance of being heard: pride despises humility, a quality that love, in practice, is full of. Humility is not fawning or pretended inferiority; humility involves empathy and the recognition that we may not have all the answers or understand things fully.

In real life, humble love gets shouted down, ostracized, manipulated, or ignored by prideful hate. Many decide that joining it is the safest course. Others try to stay out of its way. Very few fight it using the tactics of humility and love, although we celebrate one of those few who did every January here in the US.

In public life as in private relationships, “love” is about what we do, not just what we say. It is not a brightly colored cape that identifies us as superheroes, it is a detachable mantle we can place around the shoulders of shivering others.

If we dare.

Author: Sibelius Russell

Sibelius Russell (a/k/a/ Owen "Beleaguered" Servant) lives a life of whimsical servitude -- whatever that means.

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