“….To love is, in this uncommon sense, above all else, to know how to be generous.”

The eloquent Irish statesman Edmund Burke, writing to his children in February 1773 (“Letters Of Edmund Burke: A Selection Edited With An Introduction”), reminds them to be generous in their lives — “To spend little and give much, is the highest glory a man can aspire to.”

One of the verses in Kahlil Gibran’s “The New Frontier and Sand and Foam” is:

“Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.”

The School of Life essay “Love-as-Generosity” makes the point that at the heart of true love lies “a capacity to be uncommonly generous towards a fellow human especially at moments when they may be less than….appealing….To love is, in this uncommon sense, above all else, to know how to be generous.”

The authors observe insightfully that “Jesus conspicuously argues that tax collectors, thieves and adulterers are never to be thought of as outside the circle of love.” Indeed, the person who understands this finds that she/he “could love anyone” — that “true love….doesn’t fixate on particular qualities, it is open to all of humanity, even (and in a way especially) its less appealing examples.”

Peace 😊

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