How can you love people you don't even like?

One of the things that made it easier for me to accept Christian Science was that it didn't ask me to do ridiculously impossible things—such as loving people I just couldn't stand.

Instead, Christian Science presented me with an entirely new way of looking at people—especially those I didn't like—and thereby showed how loving is the most natural and normal thing anyone can do.

Most of us know some people we just don't feel we can love, at least in the commonly accepted sense of the word. Someone who is cruel, or someone who has let us down, or those who are hypocritical or self-centered or bigoted, or even a government that holds millions of its own people in a vise. I just can't conjure up any feelings of real affection for that kind of person or government.

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Do you love yourself?
July 21, 1980

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