Seven years ago, I had two friends (Ade and Kingsley) who loved and cared for each other very much. Every time they were not together, each of them somewhat lacked comfort and satisfaction - they always shared the little they had and they helped each other academically. In short, they were like close brothers from a mother.
But one day, the unusual happened in the school. Ade was accused of stealing from a Teacher's pulse. He was severely punished and disgraced publicly after it was found to be true following his own confession. As a result of this incidence, many of his friends deserted him, made mockery of him, and even spat on his face severally. He would always be used as a reference point in every class, most especially the CRS classes. I could see him being very abashed and distressed - I was very sorry for him, honestly.
In spite of what happened, Kingsley never judged him with feeble senses. Although he had a thousand and one reasons to do so and even to put Ade in the same category everyone had already put him, he still never gave up on the friendship and good relationship they had. He stood by his side firmly, corrected him where necessary, and instilled confidence and strength in him even beyond his own expectations. This made Ade to change totally and eventually became one of the best students at the end of the session all to the surprise of everybody.
Truly, that's how it really works. When someone loves you, there always is one strong reason that they cannot give up on you. Even if there are many reasons to detest you, his heart still accepts you and will always do. It is this way simply because, when someone is really in your heart, you will not want him to be hurt in any form at all. You'll even want to be hurt instead of him. And this feeling of being loved puts hot fires in the bones to do what's good and what's right at all times.
So, you could imagine how lovely the world would be if we had this kind of love and concern for everyone. A world where I'd love you very much even without proximity; a world where men would be helpers unto themselves; a world where we would not judge anyone so easily; a world where minor mistakes would not crumble relationships. There'd be no need to hurt and suppress others, there'd be no need for selfishness and envy, and the happiness of one would be the happiness of all.
I know really well that this is very difficult and may not even be achievable considering the reality and structure of the world. We love and hate, secure and destroy, get happy and later become sad, cuddle and scold, understand and judge. Indeed, this is the reality in every society. But, I also know that it is not impossible - it is not impossible to show kindness and to be the source of people's happiness and success; it is very simple to love if truly our hearts and minds are open to all.
This starts from you and me in the places where we live. It actually has to start from the inside of all of us so that the outside part of it can be well manifested to the glory of God. But we shouldn't really see it as a responsibility, but as a necessary part of what we have to do freely and wholeheartedly in order to better the persons next to us. Unnecessary competition and selfishness only increases poverty and suffering, but ultimately, love sends negativity to an eternal cemetery - it is the primary key to unlock the gate of sustainability and profound human ingenuity.
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