Learning to Love

One of the greatest commandments revealed to Moses for the guidance of the children of Israel was, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Centuries later, the master Christian, Jesus of Nazareth, spoke of it as one of the two on which "hang all the law and the prophets." In looking over the record of the years since the Master's complete triumph over human hate, the record of wars and "rumours of wars," brother against brother, autocracy, monopoly, greed, we can readily believe that this simple commandment has not been understood. Indeed, it seems as though comparatively few can have even tried to obey it; for it is reasonable to suppose that had mankind understood it in its simple and scientific sense, with its practicability to meet all human needs, it would have availed itself of this law of God which brings "on earth peace, good will toward men."

Mankind does not admit that everybody wants good. But is it not a fact, nevertheless? Is not all humanity striving for something better than it already has, for happiness in some form or other? But happiness and goodness go hand in hand; and when the world awakens to realize that happiness is to be found only in goodness,—in being and doing good,—it will have taken the first step toward ending its troubles.

August 4, 1923

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