Thursday, June 30, 2016

How Love Has a Side


“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. 

The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. 

The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. 

And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.”

--Eli Wiesel


To call upon ourselves and others to act "on the side of Love," is to challenge the indifference, including our own indifference, that allows injustice and oppression to continue. 

2 comments:

Barbara Gadon said...

Amen. I keep thinking about the primacy of inclusion as a value in Unitarian Universalism. This after receiving a note from a very conservative man who grew up in my church, and made it quite clear his pledge nonpayment was intentional because we support Black Lives Matter. We will receive his money when we actually live up to our words about including everyone. Including those who think black people are lazy, stupid criminals.

KJR said...

I have seen a great many UU's interpret their inaction in the face of injustice as "standing on the side of love". Taking a position against people's unjust actions and trying to remove their power to harm others is seen as unloving and unforgiving and unnecessarily confrontational. There is a lack of a theology of tough love or love in service of justice.