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Loving Our Enemies Means Empathy
In order to really love your enemies, a person must begin to cultivate empathy. What is empathy? Essentially, it is this idea of placing ourselves in another's position... Seeing the world through their eyes and understanding that there are logical reasons behind their actions. No one in the world arrives at their conclusions from an illogically formed idea. It is important to note: we might disagree with their reasons. This is normal and possibly even worthy of encouragement! When we disagree with one another, we build on the collective beliefs of the past and move our species forward into an elevated state of consciousness by hashing out ideas in the collective consciousness. This is why the internet is so powerful. However, to engage in this level of conversation, we must first understand and empathize that every human arrives at their decisions through a logical and relatable set of circumstances.
Daniel Roberts hosts a podcast called "Unmake My Enemy". On this episode of the show, Daniel and I talk about the idea of loving our enemies. We discuss terrorism, religious fundamentalism, and how to apply the teachings of Jesus from a secular perspective. Daniel and I were raised together in the same homeschool group while also attending the same church. It is always a pleasure to connect with folks from the past only to find that they have walked a similar road. Check out this show:
Daniel and I talk about the power of empathy. In order to love your enemies, a healthy dose of understanding is what the world needs. For instance, terrorists are oftentimes treated as scum of the earth and absolutely inhumane mongrels who deserve the very worst. However, when we take the time to learn about WHY someone becomes a terrorist in their specific country, oftentimes the reasons are quite logical. For example, in Ancient Rome, there was a terrorist organization known as the "Zealots" who responded violently to Roman occupation of the Middle East. They would assassinate Roman rulers, conduct guerrilla attacks against Roman soldiers, and carry out kidnappings and rapes against Roman citizens. Obviously, in the eyes of the occupying Romans, these Zealots were seen as the scum of the Earth. They were terrorists. When caught, Zealots were crucified without a second thought. However, to the Zealots, they were freedom fighters. They were defending their families against Roman invaders. In the grand scheme of history, Zealots believed that they would be remembered as heroes who (hopefully) would drive the Roman devils from their homeland.
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