Folk-rock legend Stephen Stills wrote and recorded a 1970s single entitled “Love the one you’re with” which went on to be recorded by many artists over the years. The thought conveyed in this popular song was, to paraphrase, if you can’t be with the one you love then love the one you are with.
It seems this message could be applied to all of humanity today, not just for a lover. Following the same common sense logic Stills expresses in his song, if we are all living on this Earth and there is no place else to go, why not love the ones who share our Spaceship Earth with us rather than squabbling, persecuting or hating them?
This planet Earth which we call home is getting smaller and smaller as we grow in population, communications speeds up and travel time continues to shrink. We possess the ability to destroy people half way around the world in an instant as we sit on fuses that could bring about humankind’s extinction. What if we simply loved the ones we’re with?
What would it cost us? Our egos? Our pride? Our righteousness? Our airs of superiority?
And what would we gain? Security? Serenity? Fellowship? Community? Additional friends?
Sounds like a pretty good deal to me!