A Lesson on Love

Many supposed “right-wingers” take issue with Christianity for a number of reasons. One of the most obvious of these is the idea of loving all people, even your enemies. Oftentimes, the word “cuck” is used to describe anyone who would even think of such a thing. This, however, is only due to a complete lack of knowledge on the topic. I would like to clear things up, not in order to defend my position against bitter fools, but to lay bare the truth. I’m sure this has all been said before, but my hope is that this article serves as a more comprehensive explanation for the traditional, i.e. Catholic, understanding of love. So…

What is love?

In the chaos of the modern world, the word love is often used in an equivocal way. Perhaps this is simply a flaw of the English language. Greek and Latin have a number of words that are translated into English as “love.” No matter, there is only one definition that is relevant in both a Christian and traditional context.

The degenerate era in which we find ourselves leads to love being equated with sex. While many moderns hold to this particular notion, they still intuitively understand that the word has different connotations when it comes to the Bible (thank God). Others conflate love with romance. To love somebody, given this meaning, would be to pamper them or essentially become their blind servant, obeying each and every command. Likewise, there are plenty of other concepts that are seen to be the equivalent of love: worship, passion, intimacy, adoration, etc. Nevertheless, none of these capture what is meant by Christian love.

All of the aforementioned definitions fail because they tie love to passions, emotions, feelings, and so on. If this were truly the case, then how could we ever say that God, who lacks any sort of body and, thus, passions, loves anything? We couldn’t. This would be directly contradictory to the ancient view of God as Love itself and particularly problematic for the Holy Spirit who is often referred to as Love. Now, we might spend the time to evaluate the various words in Greek, Latin, or Hebrew that are rendered as “love” in English to find their more nuanced meanings and which is used in the command to “love thy neighbor,” but to do so would be completely tedious and unnecessary. St. Thomas Aquinas tells us quite plainly that to love is to will the good of the other (ST I-II, 26, 4). Here, we see why the modern conceptions of love fall short. Love is not an act of the passions, but of the will. This is the traditional understanding that so many fail to see.

When this definition is contemplated, it can be seen that love is not especially extreme, and to be loving is the default state of what most people would call a good person. If you are loving, you want what is best for people. With regards to Christianity, Christians are called to will for both the temporal good of another person as well as their attainment of heaven. It is not hard to have a basic outward attitude of love with this interpretation. The loving outlook on Muslim migrants in Europe, for example, would be to desire for them to return home and build up their own countries. That is ultimately what is best for them and their people. Personal and civilizational suicide being seen as love only works for feel good “Christians” whose view of love is wholly warped. There is nothing traitorous about loving the enemy, outsider, or foreigner. Love does not mean giving all that you own to the invader.

Hate, therefore, understood as the opposite of love, is to will the bad of another. However, this does not mean that all hate is unjustified, even from a Christian standpoint. If, for example, I have a friend who is an alcoholic, I may hope for him to lose his job so that he can no longer afford alcohol. This, in a sense, would be hate since it is a desire for his temporal bad, especially due to his belief that drunkenness is a good thing. In the end, this is hate directed towards love; him losing his job might very well lead to his own self-improvement through sobriety. Of course, hate is not always acceptable. Pure hatred, for the Christian, would be the hope for someone to end up condemned to hell. Wishing for such a thing shows a lack of understanding that all creation is inherently good, even if it is corrupted.

Also, from this, it can be concluded that the reactionary position is actually built on love and not hate as many leftists argue. Reactionaries want a world where all people are able to live happily with their own tribe in a stable and ordered country. We recognize that different systems work for different people and that hierarchy is necessary and should be embraced. It is not about domination or competition for the purposes of supremacy and vanity. This is why we must always strive to love, as soppy as that sounds. Excessive hate, untempered by love (leaving aside sin for now), only arises from the likes of pride, inflated ego, and imprudent individualism — all of which ought to be avoided.

Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

 

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Testis Gratus

Catholic, reactionary, traditionalist — "Ego vox clamantis in deserto: dirigite viam Domini"

6 thoughts on “A Lesson on Love

    1. I never said that is was “the primary objection.”

      Also, it didn’t really fail; it just morphed into a new heresy. Leftism is nothing but a further corruption of the faith through Protestantism.

    1. What about them? You’re going to have to be more specific than that.

      I only consider Protestants as Christian in the loosest sense of the word. When I speak of Christianity, I mean the traditional apostolic churches that once served as the foundation of Europe, which ought to be revived.

  1. Regarding the issue of love and hate, I have found the way St. Thomas Aquinas discusses the issue to be helpful. He says that we should hate the sinner insofar as he is a sinner and love him insofar as he is a man. We should wish the best for everyone no matter what and the ultimate expression of such a wish is the desire that everyone, even our enemies, should be saved, but we can also wish for the punishment of particularly wicked people insofar as they continue to do particularly wicked things.

    There is an article on the website “Tradition in Action” that goes into more depth on these matters. I definitely do not agree with everything on that website (although they do have some great articles!) but the article is, in my opinion, very good: http://www.traditioninaction.org/Cultural/D301_Goodheart_2.htm

    Also to see a similar perspective there is this article: http://www.waragainstbeing.com/node/54

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