Love and Expression
Updated: Apr 24
Do you know what I think the world lacks the most? It is love. Not romantic, marital, or patriotic love, but love for your fellow human beings. It is, so it seems, far easier to engage in violence, loathing, and intentional arrogance than it is to try to overcome any of these concepts, in the name of unity.
Some religions tried to create and advocate this kind of love, but alas, religion is something that, on the one hand, does not relate to atheists or the irreligious. On the other hand, it is often used as a tool for incitement.
In Christianity and Islam, it is used against Judaism and pagan religions. In Judaism, it is used in arrogance against anyone who is not a Jew, pegans, and even certain sects of said religion, such as reformism. It is, therefore, difficult to use it as a justification for incitement, hate, and crimes against those who think differently than yourself. To divide and conquer isn't a good method, I believe. Not if we aspire to a better love for humanity. Why use a scapegoat for that endevour, then?
Love requires effort. That is the thing that is overlooked. The fact that you need to actively nurture it within yourself, towards the world, in order for it to occur frequently, and eventually, naturally. However, when you are permitted to feel and express yourself in any way you like, hate is a far easier tool in communication than love is. Hate is easier nowadays because anti-social behavior is normalized.
And thus, as democracies emerged, and dictatorships were seen as primitive and outdated, people were granted the sacred freedom to express themselves, without the fear of being either arrested, tortured, or killed. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate our right to expression as much as the next guy, but when you use it as a justification to hate, there is no counter-justification, for trying to love those who you view as either despicable, weird, or whatever it is, that makes you hate them.
Why nurture love when you can succumb to temptations like hate, in a public framework that allows you to do so? It doesn't matter who you are. As long as people won't restrain their temptation, by will, the public world will be filled with natural hatred for each other. As if it is an eternal reality. Some would like it, due to their blissful ignorance. Some would dislike it due to them being softer than others. Then, there's people like me, very few, probably, who would prefer to just abstain from the toxicity of this world, in the form of hermitage. There just doesn't seem to be enough love in the world, except from people who truly appreciate you. When you feel you appreciate someone, after all, your love for them comes naturally. I'm not talking about their actions and deeds. I refer to them as beings.
As people become divided due to their distinguished opinions on various subjects, they will only resume hating each other because of that. It isn't that anyone of us is capable of stopping them. Each man and woman in a democratic framework is entitled to feel whatever they want, and express said expression, regardless of the implication that may follow into the hearts -- and mental health -- of others.
So if we "want" to divide people into "tribes" by their opinions, then we're going in the "right" direction.
Expression, while a justified term, is the greatest enemy of unitary love -- the love for all human beings. It's not hate, anger, or detesting, but it is the justification to choose whenever we so please, while suffering little, if at all, as a result.
When you're insensitive, you're privileged. You're privileged to rarely be insulted and to endure long periods of conflict with the world. However, it is not something that can necessarily be taught or adopted, by those who are, by definition, sensitive. Therefore, as long as you don't see a reason to love, you will behave as you please, which is justified by the right to expression, as said before. We can also choose to not hate. But many of us might not do it, when they have no motive/agenda behind it. Usually, people care for themselves rather for others.
You might be unaware of your consequences, but this is an insensitive world. Who cares if someone gets offended, if someone gets their mental health deteriorated?
Your pleasure in following your immediate feelings -- this the reward. The reward granted to you by free speech. The reward that shall keep this world divided by hate and by loathing of anyone whom you feel like not liking. Some might take the extra mile, if possible, and ruin you. Or at least try to. The justice that leads to injustice.