Thursday, December 29, 2011

On loving one's enemy - by Allama Iqbal

This post is dedicated to Allama Iqbal, one of the greatest thinkers of all time. Below is his thought on how to love an enemy and perhaps even overcome the need for any. Love them so much that they are no longer a threat, but just another human/living entity trying to make a life with their perception of right and wrong. Tied together with the theory of keeping your friends close, but your enemies closer and the need to be the bigger man (woman) to overcome your anger and fear.

Alas, to er is human.

ON LOVING ONE's ENEMY. Love is more than elixir . The latter is supposed to turn baser metals into gold; the former turns all the baser passions into itself. Christ and Buddha were absolutely correct in their perception of the nature of Love; but in their passion for ethical idealism they ignored the facts of life. It is too much to expect of man to love his enemies. Some extraordinary individuals may have realised this maxim in their life; but as a principle of national morality the maxim clearly falls down. The results of the Russo- Japanese war would have been different if the Japanese had acted on the principles of morality associated with their religion. 

Dr Allama Iqbal
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