(Original post by Christianlady)
For Atheists, Agnostics, and people of any faith in God or gods,
Is there any reason you can think of to do loving actions to people who don't love you?
Loving actions include talking nicely to them, helping them when they need help, maybe rescuing them from a burning building even if they have just cussed at you... you know, actions that people equate to showing love.
(This kind of love is not the eros kind, but more the philos and even the agape kind of love.)
What are the benefits of loving actions (which can help bring about loving feelings)?
Is it better to hate those who don't love you? Hate those who hate you? Is it better to cuss those who hate you, laugh when they get hurt (or hurt them), and be happy if they are in danger?
What is the best for society and the earth as a whole, in what to do to people who don't love you?
As a Christian, I believe Jesus is very clear concerning loving one's enemies. That can be really hard to do, but the reasons I think Jesus is right is because of the following:
1. The feeling of hate, when listened to, can help people act without love. This can result in people getting hurt or killed.
Love helps people. Hate hurts people.
2. Hateful actions breed more hate. Hatred is the breeding ground to racism and to a cycle of revenge.
3. As Gandhi is attributed to have said, "An eye for an eye will leave everyone blind." Loving those who don't love you prevents one from hurting them, even if they hurt you first.
4. Doing loving actions for people, even if you do not feel love for them, can help a person heal from bitterness, which is self-destructive. One loving action is forgiveness, which many experience to be a freeing action that helps them heal emotionally from horrible things other people have done to them.
5. Sometimes (although not always, of course), loving a person who doesn't love you results in that person deciding you are not so bad after all, and maybe even actually loving you back.
What do you think?
Peace and God bless