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A Valentine To the World - Solving Hate and Strife

Updated on July 13, 2014

Worldwide Strife

Day by day in an electronically connected world, the people hear more about problems and potential problems. Strife seems to be growing everywhere like a black basement mold with deep roots. If it gets into the nasal tract and attacks the brain, many bad things happen, sometimes death. Strife is like basement mold.

Politicians promise to end strife - often with power takeovers, sometimes with worldwide disarmament, Will any of it work?

Writers pen articles about strife and how to end it. Commentors fill online forums with siggestions while they increase strife itself. Reporters describe it over the airwaves, and poets sometimes offer an opinion and an emotion or several to go with it.

Sone of the public go off the grid and take care of their loved ones and a trusted few professionals that can help them.

What is the answer to strife?

Where Can Love Be in a Chaotic World?

Since the universe tends towards entropy,

Then we must restore order daily.

How does one do this in a chaotic world?

With love.

We do not restore BIG ORDER, but smaller,

In a corner of our earth-touching.

If the oceans of chaos wash it to sea,


So many mouths are constantly crying 'me first'

Like cartoon seagulls - me me me me -

Without hands to rebuild the losses of love.

Shut up.

Wars, crimes, lies, fosso verses green, you vs me,

Us and Them and Spy vs Spy - it all burns,

None will matter in next lives or lack of,

Love up.

Love out.

Love around.

Just a bit, day by day.

L - Let chips fall where they may and move forward.

O - Open your mind and others' hearts with a word.

V - Violate no one and nothing knowingly.

E - Energize. Build love back.

(c) 2008 Patty Inglish

At the End of War

Love for Some Individuals is Both a Command and a Choice

Love can be a verb and it is sometimes best when this is so.

The Command is old, as one originating in the Old Testament in Leviticus 19:18. The Command is also new, as Christ gave a new aspect of it in John 13:34-35, loving our neighbor (everyone else) as we love ourselves.

In the Christian church, love is ideally expressed via self-sacrifice and servant-hood, according to (John 15:13), to enemies as well as friends. (Matthew 5:43-48), and not for secondary gain or a tax write-off.

Love could be the unifying force if people could do it a little every day, or at least most days.

I think many religions and philosophies agree that we cannot grow spiritually while we hate others: Entropy - the unavailability of energy to do work.

If we dislike someone are we bad? No. I don't think we can like everyone. But we need not pick fights with them or diminish them.

John's words speak to an attitude to cultivate, one out of which we can treat everyone equally as we treat ourselves and we should treat ourselves well.

This type of "building up" love is not a feeling, but a choice. We can choose to be concerned with other's well-being and to treat them respectfully, no matter how we feel about them.

If they are beyond our capacity for doing so, we can learn to disengage, and this also is love.

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili

The translator of this valued book, Dr Joscelyn Godwin, accomplisehd a translationinto English that many otherwriters found too difficult because of the age of the language. Hypnerotomachia was writte in 1499 during the Renaissance by Francesco Colonna of the famous Colonna Family. The story tells the tale of Francesco and he tries to win the love of Polia. Love is sometimes itself not free from strife.

The typesetting of the original book was a work of art and modern publishers have come sloe to duplicating that. Its descriptions of architecture and art and memorable and some readers term it a book to dream by.


Examples of Modern Strife

Saudi envoy warns of civil strife in Lebanon

New Strife in Darfur Leaves Many Seeking Refuge

America -- NSA Whistleblower: "I do not expect to see home again."

What can we do to end world strife? Until we can do so, we can eliminate strife from our daily lives as best we can, and appreciate one another and to communicate better.


Japanese/English - Love Makes the World Go Round


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      Custodian Joe 

      12 years ago

      A mile starts with the first step so it is said. why walk it alone, just say I love you and travel lifes mile with a friend! Enjoyed your work, thank you. Coustodian Joe.

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      13 years ago from Dhaka

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      13 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thank you kindly.

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      Raven King 

      13 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Refreshingly good!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      13 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Kenny - Thank you for being a messenger of all good things to the world. You have presented me a fine valentine with your comments. I never thought of it as courage, before, but it is. Thank you.

      G-Ma -- Welcome to the poem and thank you for recalling that comment. It was just as I have heard it. Thank you.

      Peter and Guru - Always a pleasure to have you visit. Thank you very much for reading and enjoying.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      13 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      for some reason this reminds me of a saying I used to know ..hope I get right. " I am not as good as I should be, I am not as good as I could be,but Thank God I am better than I used to be" we can all improve and you have said it all in this sweet hub  Thanks for the reminders.. G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      13 years ago from Chennai

      Wonderful, much needed hub, Patty! You're right about not being able to like everybody. But, as you say, when we treat someone whom we dislike with respect, that is a better love than loving someone lovable. Just like a scaredy cat doing something brave. That's true courage.

      Insightful hub, as always.

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      Cory Zacharia 

      13 years ago from Miami Beach, Florida


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      Peter M. Lopez 

      13 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      Good work, Patty. I wish you luck.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      13 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thank you! I am glad you visited my poem and accessories. :)

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      13 years ago

      extraordinary. I love this piece. You said it all and you said it all with your usual style, technique and clarity. Bravo!

      I agree completely.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      13 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thank you for visiting, bitv. Your comments are lovely and I am thankful that you have enjoyed this Hub.

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      13 years ago

      This wonderful tribute seems to underline,the whole conceptual idea of the wonder and marvel of can raise you to the asunder of heavens immense gifts and restore the virtue of life.As one would ask the ancient guru on the mountain of wisdom..the question to the meaning of life.And here in your insightful prose is..the ever ponderable answer...LOVE.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      13 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Happy Valentine' Day to you too, Wehzo.

      Good things today - I received a fresh orange from a child, an offer of help crossing a street from a gentleman because the road was icy, and I taught 2 free classes to inner city kids. And nice comments from good people on this Hub today.

      It's a great day! :)

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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      13 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Wonderful hub Patty. I agree whole heartedly with this sound concept. Love, indeed, is not a feeling, and when we try to assign it to a 'feeling' we deprive ourselves of what it brings to our whole self. Very good job. Happy Valentine's Day.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      13 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thank you ever so much, Marye! You have found so much love and truth in yoru marriage so far, it makes my heart glad, as in reading your own Hub. Joy to all of uas very soon!

      Supercibor - thank you and welcome to Hub Pages! I look forward to many more fine hubs like the ones you have done. :)

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      Hector Herrera 

      13 years ago from Dominican Republic

      Happy Valentine Day

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      Marye Audet 

      13 years ago

      I bow to you, ma'am. Excellent work!


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