Learning to Love in the Right Way

Sometimes we see the need to alter our attitude toward someone, but when we try, the effort seems difficult. The affection and appreciation that we long to feel don't come through, and we wonder why.

Perhaps we need to remember that a deep-seated dislike of another, or a fixed negative opinion of his character or capabilities, cannot be changed by a mere effort of the will. Real affection is not something that evolves in the human mind through the blind force of electrical impulses in the brain. Warmth, understanding, humility, and patience are not the outcome of a physical process. They are human evidence of man's higher spiritual identity, and can come forth only as that true selfhood and its relationship to God are understood.

Truth and Appearances
February 20, 1971

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