In the movies, we often see how love conquers evil, even death.
In “The Matrix,” Neo is shot and dies. But when Trinity finally admits she loves him, he comes back – and actually becomes the One.
In the Harry Potter series, Harry’s mother is killed by Lord Voldemort as she selflessly protects her baby son. Much later, that same son – with the help of loyal and loving friends – destroys Voldemort.
In the original “Star Wars” movie, Obi-Wan Kenobi dies protecting Luke, then comes back in another form to guide him. Much later, Luke’s father, Darth Vader, dies protecting him, too, coming back from the Dark Side to do it.
Of course, Disney movies are filled with examples of love winning the day. Even robots are brought back to life by love. Wall-E, anyone?
And, if that’s not enough, just binge tonight on “Titanic,” “The Notebook,” and “Braveheart.”
So, what’s the deal? Is this all just fairytale, or can love really stop evil, and transcend death?
Well, yes… yes, I believe it can.
First, I believe love has the power to overcome evil, if we act sincerely out of that love.
And what does it mean to act sincerely out of love?
Well, obviously that’s different for everyone, and for every situation. But there is a common thread.
That is, when we truly love, we act with unselfish service in a good and just way to the person or thing or ideal we love.
And with that simple act, we can change a life.
And a world.
Of course, the key word there is “act.” Because, love must lead to some type of loving action or inaction, otherwise what’s the point?
Wait, did he say “inaction”?
Yes, inaction. Those times when we most act out of love by not acting at all. Like when a parent has to let their child feel the consequences of their actions to learn an important life lesson – balancing, of course, the gravity of the consequences. Or like letting them fall when they’re riding a bike, knowing that the biggest battle in life is sometimes rubbing a scraped knee, flicking a kickstand back up, righting the bike, and trying again to turn a persistent wobble into summer days of riding to the park.
And, second, I believe that love can conquer death.
If you want to see that for yourself, let’s go talk to someone who’s lost someone they adored. You’ll see the love is still there, oftentimes stronger. Or we’ll simply notice how the words of the great, written and spoken in love, often live on long after them – still inspiring, still finding true and like-minded hearts.
So, why is this all so important?
Because in these days of darkness, where we alternate between hugging our friends and clawing at our enemies, it’s important that we don’t give in to those who hate. On any side.
That we love more.
Harder. Better. Fiercer.
And, at the same time, more tenderly.
Because not only is love what the world needs now.
But what we, so dearly, so desperately, do, too.
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