At some point in the past December 25 was a day set aside to celebrate the birth of a person that represented love and forgiveness. In the present day it seems to center around the exchange of gift cards and other activities that are shadows of their initial intent. I am not inclined to be too hard on our present day societal choices. The reason that we exchange gifts is the emulation of the gifts of the Magi. These gifts were important in helping Jesus and his family escape and hide from certain death at the hands of a jealous and angry king. It has been over 2000 years and we may not have it right yet but we’re not all wrong either.
I have to believe that mankind is capable of loving his neighbor. This not a religious thing but rather a practical matter. The reciprocals of love are too taxing on the body and the mind. Hatred, jealousy, anger and fear are difficult feelings to maintain. They are destructive to the individual and society. Although these feelings seem to happen to us, they are actually choices that we make.
So since love is a choice and hatred is a choice. Why don’t we choose the feeling that feels good and helps the world? Many reasons are out there but I believe the most pertinent is that we’re afraid we won’t get that love back if we give first. It’s the paradox that will determine our outcome as a species. Can we take the first step enough that others will feel secure enough to take it?
Love is a choice.
Hatred is a choice.
What do you choose?