In a conversation with a friend, she said something about showing love toward things we hate, which really made me think.
We were talking about the Corona Virus. Of course, most everyone I know hates this virus and the havoc it has caused society.
But, I noticed a pattern: In the past, we have approached issues like this with the same hateful mindset.
We seem to want to rage war with unseen enemies. I am sure you have heard about the War on Drugs and the War on Terrorism, for example. It seems to be a running theme on the things about society that we don’t like. The virus is no different.
But my friend challenged my thinking a few days ago when she said:
I suggested, along with my sister, that we love the virus and thank it for mutating so that it isn’t harmful to anyone. The inspiration is due to new thought spiritual truth – we are powerful.
If we believe we are all one, then hating something would be practicing duality!
NOT a Political Statement
Before I get an outpouring of political comments, I am NOT suggesting that we stop wearing masks, stop practicing distancing, or stop getting vaccinated. Those are all responses to protecting ourselves again the ravages of COVID. I am talking about developing a different mindset about the virus.
Instead, let’s think about my friend’s suggestion: If we can approach hurting people with love and have them respond positively, why can’t we use the same approach with the virus?
I have seen folks who seem to be unlovable change their attitude when treated with love. Once, when I was in my early 20s, I worked for a company where the Purchasing Agent was a very cantankerous old fella. He spoke sharply with his fellow employees and constantly worn a scowl on his face. I was warned early in my employment to beware of him. Instead, I went out of my way to greet him when we passed in the hall, often asking him how he was. Of course, at first, he bristled at my interaction with him. Slowly, he changed; he started smiling when he saw me in the hall, answering my inquiries with some friendliness. My co-workers did not believe the change and asked me what I had done. Simply, I had treated him with love and respect.
Learning to love, like my friend suggests, left me with an interesting thought to ponder! To be honest, I don’t know if I can get my head around loving or thanking the virus. But, I know that showing love toward things we hate does make a difference.