Love—it’s the biggest small word in the English language. The word love evokes so many meanings, memories, principles, and experiences, and it’s used in an expansive variety of contexts—misused, overused, and often not used enough. The breadth and scope in which this one, tiny word can be used in our language is quite remarkable, though often overlooked. Greater still is the impact that love can have as a verb when acted on properly.
Holocaust survivor and famed psychologist Victor Frankl, in regards to his painful experience in a Nazi concentration camp, once wrote,
“For the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth – that Love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed similarly to Dr. Frankl in this regard: the salvation of humankind, the root of nonviolence, is powerful and unconditional love. Not love as we see it caricaturized on Valentine’s Day or in popular rom-coms, nor the love that we tend to have for our cars, jobs, or TVs. But love as a pure, selfless regard and care for everyone we meet; selfless love for our neighbors, for our bosses, for our in-laws, even love for our political opponents. So start showing love to those around you now, the world depends on it.
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