Loveists believe that love is the most important force in the universe, and that by aligning ourselves with that force, we might not only improve our lives, but also the lives of others, and even the entire ecosystem of our planet. While some may see this as pie-in-the sky romanticism, Loveism isn’t naive or fragile — the devout Loveist knows how to make the best use of their love so as not to waste their energy or be taken advantage of.
To practice Loveism adeptly, one has to become familiar with the power and effects that love can have. Like any form of powerful energy, it can help but it can also harm if used ineptly. To this end, the Loveist is constantly aware of love in all its forms as well as its antitheses and cousins: jealousy, hatred, lust, pride, neediness, flirtatiousness, etc. True love always risks becoming subsumed by these other forces and the Loveist is careful to avoid and prevent this from happening.
It’s an old saying that “love makes the world go ’round” and while literalists will contend that it’s actually angular momentum, there is something to the notion that love plays a big part in biological life, and an utterly fundamental part of the mammalian condition.
Love began in the biological world as affinity — a chemical attraction designed to induce interaction. Prior to biological life, interactions between elements happened largely by accident (meteors crashing into planets) or by law (gravity, electromagnetism). With biology, organisms could develop instincts that would draw them near to each other (or, alternatively, repel them). This gave rise to a huge boost in Creativism, allowing evolution to proceed rapidly.
The next big step in the history of Loveism came with the rise of the class mammalia, i.e. mammals. Mammals of course are animals who nurse their young. This extended period of attention and affection between infancy and adulthood gave rise to novel behaviors such as play, affection, educational development, and other unique forms of social behavior. This was followed by a mandated period of human cultural development, in which the notion of Loveism became further abstracted and exalted. Today we find that Loveism is one of the most important elements of our culture and society, driving many if not most of our objectives and imperatives, widely considered to be “what makes life worth living.”
Heart-opening exercises play a large part in Loveist spiritual practice. Many of the important elements of Loveism, such as forgiveness, charity, empathy and tolerance, are not hard-wired and so can be difficult to develop. The committed Loveist makes a point to review their actions every day to make sure they practiced these virtues to the best of their ability. The Loveist also makes a point to develop routine behaviors that encourage love in others: generosity, eye-contact, welcoming posture, and even mundane habits such as learning and repeating the names of other people back to them. The Loveist believes that, like ripples in a pond, by putting love into the world it will be repeated and expanded, and so it’s their devout duty to be as loving as they can every day — for the sake of the whole world.
We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.
— Orson Welles
A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
— Saint Basil
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.