Thursday, February 10, 2011

Blogging Event: Love Beats Hate


Close your eyes. Think of a time when you felt loved. Describe it. Does it feel warm and sunny? Bright yellow? Or exciting and fireworks-on-the-4th-of-July? Does it feel peaceful and calm and restful and solid? Brand new and rocket-to-the-moon?

Now think of a time when you were consumed by hatred. Can you feel the closing-in happening? The colors darkening? The expansive becoming small, focused, pivotal and driven?

Whatever your experiences of these two emotions, I'm betting they have marked differences. I'm betting they elicit vastly unique sets of feelings in your physical body, and it bears some exploration to decipher them. Hatred can feel powerful and single-minded and those things are intoxicating. Love is more nebulous and hard to pin down and exists in so many different forms.

Maybe that's why it wins. Hate is an easy target that is easily defined. Love can come at it from all sides with so many different tactics and, while it doesn't feel as strong or invincible as hatred, maybe that's part of its secret. Make no mistake: love beats hate.

Today is the second "Love Beats Hate" blogging event. Want to know more? Just go to Facebook and type in "Love Beats Hate" in the search field.

15 comments:

Carrie Link said...

You need a Love wins. T-shirt!

XLMIC said...

I LOVE this post :)

Way to put those feelings in words!

Wanda said...

Love. Period.

LauraX said...

a beautiful post...I think you are right...the many angles or perspectives of love are key to how it shifts one from a black and white view to one of wider possibilities:)

Lori said...

Amen! You are so right....when I think about hate as opposed to love I have a completely different feeling in my body. Hate does not feel good. Choosing love does. Love wins hands down!

Elizabeth said...

very cool -- I will check it out --

Jill of All Trades said...

This is neat. I FB'd and Liked! Thanks!

amanda claire said...

Thank you for sharing, your words on the difference between love and hate helps to show why so many people choose the seemingly "easier" option, only to find out the hard way that it hurts xx

Jenn said...

I love the colors & feelings in your descriptions for love & hate.

Thank you for sharing!

fullsoulahead.com said...

Love the exercise you take us on here. Such a vast difference in the feeling state of love and hate.

I'm not so sure about the language of Love Wins or Love Beats anything. Love would do neither. Love would not compete. Love would not beat. When one wins someone else loses and love wouldn't do that, would she?

I think Love prevails is more accurate. Love transcends. Love remains. Love...love...love....Is.

Just my humble opinion.

Love.

Deb Shucka said...

Yes, love always wins.

Thereza Howling said...

How come I didn't know about this blog? I'm in trouble now, there is so much to read! :)

I absolutely love your descriptions of love and hate. I could also associate love with a white and fluffy cloud (maybe the nebulous description you gave love?) around me and helping me float above all negative feelings, but still connected to everything there is. Yes, love wins...

Nicely written. Peace, love and light!

phylor said...

What an evocative post on the warmth and brightness of love and the dark abyss of hate. Love shines it's beacon into the darkest of corners.
What a beautifully expressive post. Love wins!

Jeanne said...

kario,

I absolutely love the way you've described love and hate. In a succinct way, you have given a powerful description of the contrast between them. Wonderful post!

Jeanne

Kathryn Grace said...

Thank you for the exercise. I got the difference on a visceral level immediately.

Like Full Soul Ahead, I resist the win-lose language, and the term "beats" in Love Beats Hate as well, though I too have used such phrases in the past (and followed the FB link and "liked" it).

We're conditioned to respond with more intensity to the more violent words, don't you think? In titles, those words arrest our attention, grab us, so we want to read more. How do we develop an equally compelling language of love and peace?

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