It's not too late to love your neighbor

info@islandpacket.comDecember 22, 2013 

Love is the Foundation of life.

No, I am not becoming a softy, but I do buy into this declaration as stated recently by my pastor.

Whether you are a believer, agnostic or atheist, you must believe there is a purpose to our being on Earth and that it comes with personal responsibility. Love can be many things -- hope, caring, sharing and concern for others. Presently, our society seems to have lost track of love's many manifestations, starting with the politics of hate and loathing in Washington. Constant bickering, distrust and selfish power struggles indicate there is no love lost between the two parties. President-to-be John Adams, wrote in 1776, " Love of fellowman should be the foundation of our life and not the love of power or greed." A recent poll found that one third of Americans do not trust each other. How sad.

Is the average citizen simply a mirror image of what's wrong in Washington? Are we too cynical, too distrustful, lacking in a loving concern for one another? Perhaps. We need to look within ourselves and determine what is driving our lives.

In 2014, each of us has an opportunity to set the right example for Washington and the world by living a responsible, respectful and caring life. The 1965 hit song says it all, "What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It's the only thing there is just too little of."

Earle Everett

Hilton Head Island

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