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WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

Whether we’re imagining justice on a global or national scale or how to be more inclusive here at GUUF, we tend to think in terms of aggression: hoping to battle white supremacy or topple the patriarchy or fight for equality. We may be motivated by a sense of duty, or gratitude, or fair play, or outrage. All of that would distress Tolstoy, and then Gandhi, and then King. They asserted that a force powerful enough to bend the arc toward justice must be rooted in “agape” or love. Were they naïve dreamers? Did they have no sense of the urgency we face today?