ADVICE: Your Hippy-Dippy Love Message Is Naive

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December 3rd, 2014

Hey, Andrew.

I dig your music and what you stand for, but I’m kind of getting sick of all the hippy-dippy love stuff lately. Please don’t take this the wrong way, I just think your whole message has kinda gotten corny. Maybe I’m out of line, but I don’t see how all this cheesey lovey-dovey stuff makes sense in the real world. You’re naive. Sometimes love just doesn’t work. Sometimes people need to experience a bunch of bad shit in order to wake them up and see the truth. You have to admit that sometimes violence is the only way to make real change and get people’s attention. Love isn’t always the answer, man.

Sorry for the harsh newsflash. But hopefully this helps you.

No Peace

Dear No Peace,

Deep lasting internal change occurs when a spark is lit through a display of humanity — when someone who you expected to hit you hugs you instead — that causes real growth — that instills the realization that we really can love one another, despite our justified anger. No matter how tired we are, no matter how many reasons we have to hate and harm each other, we can still choose love. But we often don’t. Why?

Why are we so quick to doubt love? Why are so many of us calling love unrealistic, not powerful enough, lame and even “corny?” Why do we work so hard to talk ourselves out of being loving people and instead list endless reasons why love just won’t work?

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