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Loveism: A Philosophy of Love

By Soulthriller


Loveism is a Philosophy of Love. It does not cover spirituality or religion.

Loveism is based off 2 human rights, the right to know the Truth and the right to Love.

Truth - For a quick definition of Truth I will quote Wikipedia: “Truth has a variety of meanings, such as the state of being in accord with fact or reality. It can also mean having fidelity to an original or to a standard or ideal. In a common usage, it also means constancy or sincerity in action or character. The direct opposite of truth is falsehood, which can correspondingly take logical, factual or ethical meanings”. You will have to become highly interested in finding the truth in any situation you find yourself in, as well as trying to speak the truth yourself. If you constantly have to maintain the lies you have created for your personal benefit, you are wasting time and making life more difficult for those around you. As an individual if you know some information that you know to be truthful you have to disclose that information to the public, if not you are purposely being deceitful. Once you have decided to reveal the truth you have to use everything in your power to spread it.

Power - For a quick definition of Power I will quote Wikipedia: “Power is a measurement of an entity‘s ability to control its environment, including the behavior of other entities. The term authority is often used for power perceived as legitimate by the social structure. Power can be seen as evil or unjust, but the exercise of power is accepted as endemic to humans as social beings. In the corporate environment, power is often expressed as upward or downward. With downward power, a company’s superior influences subordinates. When a company exerts upward power, it is the subordinates who influence the decisions of the leader. Often, the study of power in a society is referred to as politics“. Power can be perceived as an extension of your personality. How you use your power and the actions you take with it directly represents your individuality. In the technological age that we live in, we all have the power to use the internet to directly inject the truth into the public view. That is a large scale view of power, because it enables the individual truth to reach a wide audience in a short period of time.

Knowledge - For a quick definition of Knowledge I will quote Wikipedia: “Knowledge is a familiarity with someone or something, which can include information, facts, descriptions, and/or skills acquired through experience or education. It can refer to the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. It can be implicit (as with practical skill or expertise) or explicit (as with the theoretical understanding of a subject); and it can be more or less formal or systematic. In philosophy, the study of knowledge is called epistemology, and the philosopher Plato famously defined knowledge as “justified true belief.” There is however no single agreed upon definition of knowledge, and there are numerous theories to explain it.

Knowledge acquisition involves complex cognitive processes: perception, learning, communication, association and reasoning; while knowledge is also said to be related to the capacity of acknowledgment in human beings. Knowledge is simply a tool. As an individual, you will have to expand and use your knowledge for the right causes.

Love -Love is an emotion of strong affection and personal attachment. In philosophical context, love is a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection”. Love is very difficult to define. I will have to engage in semantics in order to get a definite definition. I argue that love cannot be describe in words, it can only be known. In order to understand love you have to love yourself. You have to love your mistakes as equally as your triumphs. When you love the evil you have done as much as the good you have accomplished, there is no longer good or evil. There is only love. Love is a singularity. I argue that if you don’t love both your mistakes and triumphs, you do not love yourself. I argue that if you don’t love yourself you don’t know what love truly is. Without a true understanding of love, how can one claim to love other people?

As human beings we have the ability to control our emotions. That ability separates us from animals, however with that ability also comes responsibility. As a Loveist your responsibility is to ensure love is the emotion you convey as much as humanly possible.

What do you see is the most common emotion we as a global society use? Anger, Boredom, Desire, Fear or Terror?

I will now explain some metaphors so you can hopefully obtain a better understanding of Loveism:

Imagine the following:

The love you feel towards yourself and others is a brightly glowing candle. Over that candle you have a glass wind barrier to stop the flame going out. The first barrier over your love will be your knowledge. The next barrier will be your power. The next barrier will be the truth.

If someone was trying to blow out your candle, first you would tell them the truth of why you took the actions you took. If they still attempt to blow out your candle, you will use everything in your power to spread the truth behind your actions and your reasons for doing so. If they still attempt to blow out your candle (usually by this time they have resorted to physical violence) you can use your knowledge of the legal system. If all that has failed, a true Loveist would rather die than to give up on love. Personally I am prepared to die for love, I am prepared to give my life for love.

Another metaphor is as follows:

Imagine yourself in a suit of armor. In one hand you have the sword of truth. In the other you have the shield of power. The armor you wear represents your knowledge. The key is the reason why you put on your armor, the reason why you wear your shield, the reason why you pick up your sword. That reason is love.

Those who are opposed to Loveism stand for deception and hate. They are the people who need love the most.

This article has been written by Nicholas Laughlin. You can visit his blog here or contact him via email at [email protected]

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