Yesterday I asked for help from my readers on the subject of self-love. I really enjoyed and appreciated the feedback and responses I got. It seems that a number of people associate self love with the love of God, from a western, Christian, biblical based theology.
That’s understandable and helpful. I come from a similar place. However there are millions of people in the USA and around the world who don’t come from or ascribe to this cultural perspective and have experience a lot of hatred, prejudice, and abuse by other human beings in the name of the “Christian” God, or the Gods of other religions. Organized religion, in general, appears to be seen as anything other than loving.
So, I wonder what those who don’t follow a religion or ascribe to spiritual faith think love and self-love is about. I don’t ask this in an effort to ridicule or set anyone up to be criticized or evangelized. I am genuinely and sincerely curious about this.
Many people I know who claim no religion and who tend to disdain religion as fake and a crutch, full of easily swayed sheeple are also loving, caring, socially responsible people who strive to do good and not harm. I want to hear your voice and know your perspective.
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I welcome and appreciate the insights, contributions, and feedback of all those who read and take the time to leave thoughtful and constructive comments.
Thank you for contributing to the conversation.