A realistic possibility?

Is unconditional, unlimited love humanly possible? Can we really love someone who has committed unspeakable evil? As we deal with the routine issues of daily life, can we love without imposing conditions upon others?

To embrace the goal of unconditional love requires me to live with deep respect for other persons (or groups). This means overcoming any prejudice, resentment or grudge about others’ (real or perceived) wrongdoing.

If I’m going to attempt to practice unconditional love toward another person or group, I must get beyond dualistic thinking–where I see myself (or my group) as inherently right and the other person (or group) as inherently wrong.

The practice of unconditional love does not require us to agree with or like someone, or to overlook what we see as wrongs that have been committed. In fact, true love may require us to disagree with, or confront, another person or group.

In this week’s remaining posts, I’ll offer some reflections on the last three paragraphs.

From “Is Unconditional Love Possible?“, by John Amodeo, Psychology Today, August 9, 2015

2 thoughts on “A realistic possibility?”

  1. Your thoughts are very timely for me. I am dealing with a good friend hurting me very badly. After a month, I can see that I am not right and she is not wrong, so I am making progress toward healing.

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