I’m usually a very happy person, but sometimes it’s easy to feel down about all the problems in the world.
The economy is a mess, global warming is frying the planet, the news is filled with unending war…and I bet if you read this post a year from now—or even 5 years from now—we’d still see these same difficulties.
Would you believe me if I told you that almost all (if not all) the world’s troubles are caused by the same destructive force?
Any guesses? No, it’s not the Democrats, the Republicans, the liberals, the conservatives, the vegans, the carnivores, the Christians, the Muslims, gay people, straight people, Jesus, Satan, Darth Vader, or Justin Bieber.
It’s lack of love.
You may be thinking, “Sage, isn’t lack of love the same thing as hate?” They are 2 separate forces, and lack of love is exceedingly more destructive than hate.
Lack of love is an apathy about a situation. It means you don’t care enough about something to feel any emotion.
Hatred is when you feel a strong angry emotion, and your hate may be justified. If you hate something, then you care about that situation very much.
A person who throws everything away and never recycles is showing lack of love toward the planet. This lack of love can have dire effects for the health of the world and all its inhabitants.
When 2 groups of people would rather continue to believe false notions about the other than sit down to talk and treat each other with mutual respect, that is showing a lack of love toward different viewpoints. This lack of love can lead to war.
If we treat our bodies like crap and fill ourselves with junk food and drugs, we are showing a lack of love toward ourselves. This of course can lead to obesity, drug and alcohol abuse, or even self-mutilation.
Kanye West famously said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” during a fundraising drive for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Whether you believe he was telling the truth or not, he was talking about lack of love.
If George Bush hated black people, then we’d call him a crazy bigot. But if he didn’t care about black people…well, that apathy was much more destructive and could prevent money and resources from getting to the people who need it most. Kanye West was concerned that a lack of love would hurt the black people affected by the hurricane.
Wow, this is heavy stuff for a usually up-beat blog!
Since lack of love and apathy can cause so many problems, we must embrace the only force in the universe strong enough to make things right. We must love!
Love the planet (your home!) and support companies, products, and people who are making the world a cleaner place.
Love your neighbors even if you don’t share the same beliefs.
Love yourself to find peace with your body.
Have you seen the effects of lack of love in your life? In what ways do you want to show more love?