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Posted by Richard Ruquist on December 25, 2000 15:15:56 UTC

Dear Gwyn,

It seems that we diverge on the interpretation of the word enemy. You assume that all our enemies are human. Otherwise, how could you love them. Right?

When reading scripture, I always take the broadest meaning, the most abstract meaning possible. So I take enemy to mean much more than other human beings.

At this point in my life, I have no enemies that threaten me except for me myself. This is not true for most people in the world who have real serious human enemies that threaten or at least hamper their existence.

I think the lesson of the commandment to love your enemy is that by loving others "as they are" , and by loving yourself "as you are" you rise above the petty judgements and fears of others and yourself. The commandment sets you free in mind and spirit. You no longer need to control others or yourself. You just need to be yourself.

I write this as the moon is about to eclipse the sun on Christmass Day, for the first time since 1666. If anything dramatic is to happen, this is the time.

Always,

Richard

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