Love Thy Neighbour. It is such a simply command, and yet it is so difficult to follow. On this Valentine’s Day open up your hearts to the person you hold dear, and be grateful that you can love who you want.
Loving someone is such a beautiful thing, but only recently have people been freely allowed to choose who to love. For such a long time it was frowned upon by society to marry people outside your culture, ethnicity, and even religion.
People who were black in the U.S. legally couldn’t marry a white person until relatively recently, and even today it is looked upon as something different whether in the U.S., Canada, Europe, or elsewhere.
Jewish people, like many other religions and belief systems, have only recently realized that they can marry people of other faiths. As I have written about previously, gay and lesbian people have only recently gotten the right to marry the man or woman they love, and still they face discrimination and feel the ire of society.
Not only on this Valentine’s Day should we open our hearts to the person we love, and be thankful that we, for the most part, are free to love who we choose, but we should open our hearts to the millions of people around the world who don’t have this right and are forced every day to conceal the person they hold most dear.
But Love Thy Neighbour runs more deeply than that. It means that if you hold prejudices, you should push them aside and realize that every form of love is a beautiful thing. It should compel people to respect every type of love, regardless of who it is between, whether it crosses religious lines, ethnic lines, racial lines, or doesn’t follow traditional forms of marriage.
On this Valentine’s Day be grateful that you can freely choose whom to love and be aware that there are millions of people around the world who don’t have this freedom.
Happy Valentine’s Day