Love | Love Your Enemies | Civil Discourse
The Love page is more about different kinds personal love and Christian love.

What is Love ? It is one of the most difficult questions for the mankind. But no one can give the proper definition of Love.

Martin Luther King once said, “Power without Love is reckless and abusive, and Love without power is sentimental and anemic.” Source:

4 types of enemies: Outer Enemy - Other people or institution

Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt, 2019 Arthur C. Brooks
Brooks is a Harvard professor, social scientist, best-selling author, public speaker, and columnist at the The Atlantic, who specializes in the science of human happiness by blending social science, music, diverse faith traditions, and philosophy.
He was president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) for 10 years. a center-right Washington, D.C.–based think tank that researches government, politics, economics, and social welfare.

He begins with this Epigraph:
Desperately wishing to avoid a civil war, Lincoln ended his first inaugural address in 1861 with with this plea:

"I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."
He starts his book with the story about Hawk Newsome, the president of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, who receives an impromptu invitation to speak on stage at a pro-Trump rally and they end up applauding him.
See Black Lives Matter activist speaks on stage at pro-Trump rally
Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier Hardcover – 2013 Sharon Salzberg, Robert Thurman
Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman share stories and exercises for achieving finding peace within yourself and with the world.
Inspired by Buddhist philosophy, this book introduces us to the four kinds of enemies we encounter in life
  • The outer enemy, people, institutions, and situations that mean to harm us;
  • The inner enemy, anger, hatred, fear, and other destructive emotions
  • The secret enemy, self-obsession that isolates us from others
  • the super-secret enemy, deep-seated self-loathing that prevents us from finding inner freedom and true happiness.
  • – Break free from the mode of “us” versus “them” thinking
  • – develop compassion, patience, and love
  • – Accept what is beyond our control
  • – Embrace lovingkindness, right speech, and other core concepts

Interview of Salzberg & Thurman at 92|Y
Interview at On On Being with Krista Tippett 2022

"All About Love", Bell Hook
All About Love reveals what causes a polarized society, and how to heal the divisions that cause suffering. Here is the truth about love, and inspiration to help us instill caring, compassion, and strength in our homes, schools, and workplaces.

A proactive new ethic for a society bereft with lovelessness--not the lack of romance, but the lack of care, compassion, and unity. People are divided, she declares, by society’s failure to provide a model for learning to love.

Razing the cultural paradigm that the ideal love is infused with sex and desire, she provides a new path to love that is sacred, redemptive, and healing for individuals and for a nation.

We are Not Rational
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last updated 10 May 2010