I’m at a loss for words and have written many different stories for this but each didn’t feel quite right. So I’ve taken this excerpt from Main Line Unitarian Church’s Sunday sermon by Rev. Dr. Neal Jones tilted Cultivating Empathy.
“I’m getting older, and life is short. I don’t want to waste one minute of my life hating. I would rather channel the energy required to hate into positive action for change. Every single progressive movement in history has been built on a foundation of patient, persistent love.
Gandhi was right: Love always wins in the end and hate always loses.
The Baptist preachers of my youth were right: Hate the sin but love the sinner.
The Catholic monk, Thomas Merton, was right: If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed – but hate these things in yourself, not in another.
And Dr. King was right: Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Listen to the sermon here.
We need to do more. We need to listen. We need to learn. We need empathy. This edition is dedicated to that.
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