Third Post in "tuesdays with Morrie" series: The World

We've finished up the introduction to the book and now we're getting into the "meat" of the lectures that prepared Mitch to write his final thesis. The chapter in the book is titled:

First Tuesday, We Talk About the World.
"The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in..." 
His [Morrie's] voice dropped to a whisper. 
"Let it come in. We think we don't deserve love, we think if we let it in we'll become too soft. But a wise man named Levine said it right. He said, 'Love is the only rational act'" (Pg. 52).

There are so many elements to this quote, but I'm only going to concentrate on three: love, being soft, and deserving.

Maybe we should look it at as all love of the world: love for strangers, love for family, love for friends, love for coworkers and bosses, love for acquaintances, love for [fill in the blank]. Or maybe we should personalize it more to just look at the love in our families, and how we give and receive love in those circumstances.

Maybe we should focus more on the part about becoming too soft from love. Is the fear of becoming too soft the reason so many people feel the need to show their power, exert their strength, and put down others? Is the fear of becoming too soft why others aren't kind to one another?

Maybe we should focus on the topic of deserving? Is it that people aren't living their lives in ways that make them proud to be loved? Are people feeling that they can't live up to the images of love as represented on television and the internet? Does this somehow tie into the issue of not buying into the culture from the second post in the series?

I am not writing this series to create answers to these questions. I'm simply writing this series to help me ponder them. I hope that you, too, will find benefit in pondering how you are relating to the world through love.

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