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 Post subject: Why is love better than hatred?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:37 am 
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Question from a friend. I couldn't articulate myself well. I asked him for definitions.

So why is love better?

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 Post subject: Re: Why is love better than hatred?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:40 pm 
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I don't know if there's a standard answer to this, and I don't know what exactly "better" means in this context . . . I can imagine specific cases where hate is "better than" love (so it's better to hate evil than to love it). But setting aside those sorts of nuances and just trying to get at what I take to be the plain meaning of your text, it seems to me that love is good for its own sake whereas hate is only good insofar as it is averse to evil. So love is meaningful in its own right; hate is only meaningful insofar as it is (properly) related to love. So think of the end of love: to possess the good. But the end of hate is to dispossess evil. So, again, the former seems primary, whereas the latter seems secondary.

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Indeed, the Lord Jesus, when He prayed to the Father, "that all may be one. . . as we are one" (John 17:21-22) opened up vistas closed to human reason, for He implied a certain likeness between the union of the divine Persons, and the unity of God's sons in truth and charity. This likeness reveals that man, who is the only creature on earth which God willed for itself, cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself. ~ Pope Paul VI, Gaudium et Spes 24.3


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 Post subject: Re: Why is love better than hatred?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:57 am 
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Love is the greatest power in the world.


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 Post subject: Re: Why is love better than hatred?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:14 am 
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Hatred is like a cancer: if not cut out, it will become all-consuming and toxic.

Love defies all the rules of science. The more it’s fed, the more beneficial it becomes. And the more you give it away, the more it increases within you.

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 Post subject: Re: Why is love better than hatred?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:27 am 
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Love is productive by nature.

Hate is destructive by nature.


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 Post subject: Re: Why is love better than hatred?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:15 pm 
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Both can be either good or bad depending on the object of the hatred or love.


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