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I’ve long held that our society’s definition of the word “love” has significantly eroded over the course of time; and that despite the fact the passage, “Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs…” is still recited at most weddings, these characteristics have become incredibly rare in most relationships.  Similarly, the meaning of the word “hate” has also evolved considerably in recent years.  This term, which used to be reserved for extreme instances of acrimony, has now become a part of our daily vernacular.  A teacher who tells a student to sit down and quit disrupting the class is considered to be “hating” on them.  A person who doesn’t “like” my post of Facebook is branded a “hater”.  And now a person who espouses an opposing worldview is regularly accused of spreading “hate”.  Despite all the high minded rhetoric that is spewed about “tolerance”, its seems to be in precious short supply for anyone who may have drawn a different conclusion than we have.

 

With such an under-developed sense of what love is, and such an exaggerated sense of what hate is, we probably shouldn’t be shocked that people are routinely gunning each other down in the streets.

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