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Group Reminded Me Of

Group made enemies of all nations but no friends or allies.

Group viewed every individual, every people, and every country as their most hated enemies. Even people in Iraq and Syria, the two countries of their operation, suffered fom their acts of hatred and brutality.

They brutally killed or punished anyone in Iraq and Syria who did not pledge allegiance to, or join them. People suffered this fate irrespective of their ethnicity or nationality.

Kidnapping, ambushing and armed assault they waged constantly against men, women, children, elderly persons and the military in both countries.

Their admirers and emulators outside of Iraq and Syria, meanwhile, displayed support by replicating their actions wherever and whenever possible.

Group acquired arms and lots of money for a while. 

Taking control of some areas in both countries, they confiscated arms from the retreating military in those areas; additionally, they acquired money by selling oil from areas they controlled in Syria.    

For the release of certain persons in their captivity, they demanded and often received large ransoms from governments. These ransoms usually amounted to millions of U.S. dollars.       

Group finally suffered defeat and no country assisted them.

As they made only enemies of all countries, all countries likewise made only an enemy of them; and this helped sealed their fate as a short lived organization and ensured their recent and complete defeat.

Their victims and the world welcomed their demise. The constant loss of life, and suffering and hopelessness they caused finally came to an end.

The conditions which they imposed on people who lived under their brief and tyrannical rule, reminded me of several values. These values I have always enjoyed and taken for granted.

Group actions make me remember these familiar values:

  • No one is an island, whether an individual, a social unit or a nation, so we’re thus interdependent and that
  • Peaceful and harmonious coexistence among nations is a universal necessity. This is necessary so that nations can realize economic, social, political and other aspirations.
  • Human life has worth and value, and the individual person is born with dignity and freedom; the state should not deny citizens these universal, moral values, also
  • Attaining national social, economic and political stability is important in its own right. This is also necessary so that citizens can realize their full potential, and finally
  • Love is not a lifeless ornamental concept, it is a living and vital necessity and that we should practice it. We practice it when we selflessly give to, share with, help, and perform other useful deeds for each other.

I hope that those in whom still lives the zeal for creating that empire, resist the temptation to do so. I also hope they do not repeat the actions of these tyrants so that people in both countries can recover. This should allow people there to gradually rebuild their lives and return to normal living once again.

By Edward Fagan

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Love's Opposite

Love’s opposite is not hate, they are too similar

Love’s opposite is not hate, even though many of us think so. At first sight, the qualities of love and hate seem to be opposites of each other. The motives behind the acts of love and hate thus seem to be opposites of each other. The acts of love and hate, and their outcomes too, also seem to be opposites of each other.

Love and hate, however, are not opposites. These two qualities have too much in common to be opposites of each other. Love, to the extent of its presence in a host, draws its host to the love object. It creates a bond or link between its host and the love object. It also attaches its host to the love object, for as long as it remains present in the host.

Hate does exactly the same thing as love, and in the same way. Hate, to the extent of its presence in a host, draws its host to the hate object. It creates a bond or link between its host and the hate object. It also attaches its host to the hate object, for as long as it remains present in the host.

These two spiritual (though not necessarily religious) qualities have much in common. One would repel the host from the object rather than draw him to it if they were opposites. They are not opposites of each other, but are both opposites of another quality. I will look at this quality in the future.

Love and hate, the abstract nouns minus their acts or verb equivalents, are powerful. Medical research proves this in discovering that some persons who harbour much hate consequently develop certain disorders. Researchers also found that persons who harboured thoughts of love realized an improvement in their health.

Love’s opposite, what about motives, acts and outcomes?

Our motives determine our actions and their results. When we act out of love, our motives are always to selflessly serve and help others. When we act out of hate, our motives are to cause others harm.

The motives, and acts and their outcomes, of love and hate are, like love and hate, not opposites. The motives behind our acts of love and hate connect us to the objects of our love and hate. Our acts of love and hate, and their outcomes also link us to the objects of our love and hate.

Finally then, we can say that love and hate are not opposites. We can also say that their motives, acts, and the outcomes of their acts are also not opposites.

By Edward Fagan

Edward Fagan Blog

November 30, 2017

(This is a previously published original post that I accidentally deleted from the blog. I thought it necessary that I republished it into the blog.)

Crime

By Edward Fagan

Please also see the following post in this blog: Looking At Love . 

Various ways of expressing love are used where ever there is a need to express love. Where ever love exists it is practised, and where ever it is practised it is expressed. When we express love, we must do so using one or more of the ways of expressing such love.

Humans are called to possess and express love toward each other and toward our beautiful world. Expressing love in the various and creative ways in which it can be expressed is therefore a part of that call. Expressing love is as important as love itself, and is universal and perennial.

Love deserves to be expressed in the most beautiful, artistic and moral way. The esthetic quality of the way we express love in any given situation can never be too high.

Expressing love in a manner that reflects emotional and other forms of affection, warmth and sensitivity can determine the nature and extent of our response to that expression of love. Expressing love in such an appropriate tone and manner can convey a sense of peace, fraternity, joy and happiness.

Expressing love as mentioned above can bring delight to the hearts of recipients of that expression of love who might be suffering through depression, sadness and despair. These recipients of that expression of love can be inspired to: cultivate a positive view of themselves and a more optimistic view of their circumstances and change, correspondingly, their behaviour toward themselves and their circumstances.

Expressing love in the manner mentioned above and our appropriate response to it can have a beneficial effect on the mental and emotional condition of both the person to whom love is expressed and the person expressing love.

The importance of expressing love is reflected in the cultures of the world, all of which have oral, physical and other customs and traditions that evolved from the love for and the importance of, expressing love. These customs and traditions and our own inclinations allow us more scope to express love in a practical way and with all of the joy, beauty and art that expressing love deserves.

The arts offer ample opportunity to identify or create, store, retrieve and teach values and practices relating to love and its expression. The literary arts, the performing arts and the visual arts continue to be used by their practitioners to teach or remind us how we may express love beautifully in all of its facets.

This cultural and artistic contribution to our understanding, practice and expression of love is a commonly shared legacy of all humans; and it provides an easily accessible resource which we can exploit in our effort at expressing love. We, obviously, also have our best natural  and acquired verbal, physical and other abilities which we can use in expressing love. The extent to which and the way we use this commonly-shared cultural and artistic legacy, and our natural and acquired abilities relevant to expressing love can help us greatly  in our effort at expressing love as effectively, richly and artistically as we wish to express it.

by Edward Fagan

Jesus

The word “Love”is one of the most cherished and regularly used words in the world, in all languages. It also seems to be one of the least understood and most actively misused words.

We can get a clearer understanding of the meaning and nature of this word so that we might practise love more correctly.

We’ll start with the correct, though different, definition of the word. Love is outgoing care and concern for the other person.  It is necessary to know that love exists through action. We give and receive love through the actions we perform toward each other.

Whenever outgoing care and concern for the other person are practised, this active practical love (the outward expression of the inner quality) will always indicate the presence in us, of love the inner quality.

In terms of language, love is both a verb and an abstract noun. Both love in action, expressed and practical, and love, the inner quality, are spiritually good. Love is a good spiritual quality which can be a permanent trait of our character during every moment of our existence.

When love, the inner quality, is present in us we practise love, the expressed action toward others. When this happens, our outgoing care and concern toward others will aim at helping their person, or their circumstances, or both.

Whenever love is practised, it builds where building is necessary or repairs that which is broken. Love helps, gives to, cherishes, protects, maintains and preserves the other person and their circumstances.

Love never leads to harm or destruction of the other person. It is therefore impossible for someone to truthfully claim that they killed or even harmed their spouse in the name of love.

We experience the presence of love, the good spiritual quality, when we practise it toward others, and when others practise it toward us.

Our response to our experience of the presence of love as givers or recipients may be accompanied by our experiencing a certain emotional state. This may result in the expression of one or another type of emotional behaviour. This happens, for example, in romance and marital situations.

Love is always permanent; emotional experience and expression are temporary, they come and go, they are not love.

They are, in a way, similar to sexual foreplay and sexual intercourse which, even though they are not love, are activities through which a husband and wife can express their love to each other.

There is a course of behaviour that can get in the way and prevent us from practising love. This course of behaviour can be avoided if we uphold certain practices that are opposite to it, in our daily living.

The practices we can uphold in our daily living to prevent behaviour that obstructs the practice of love include:

Honouring our parents, as well as others in authority over us, and our elderly

Avoiding to commit murder, and avoiding to harm the other person physically or otherwise

Practising faithfulness to the other person with whom we have a romantic or marital relationship

Refusing to steal from the other person

Speaking the truth or remaining silent about the other person, instead of telling lies against him or her

Refusing to covet that which belongs to the other person, and refusing to practise envy or jealousy toward him or her.

Love, or outgoing care and concern for the other person, whenever it is practised, always faithfully serves its intended purpose and bears fruit. The practice of love can be the backbone of all human relationships if we would allow this to happen; and it can be of great spiritual and other benefit to individuals and groups alike, wherever and whenever it is practised.

By Edward Fagan