Minds . . . are not conquered by arms, but by love and generosity. (Baruch Spinoza, 17th-century Dutch ethical egoist)
In times like ours, it seems like wars are the only way to settle disputes among nations. On more local terms, crime appears to be the popular way to settle personal disputes. Neither brings true and lasting peace personally or internationally. Spinoza’s suggestion is helpful in facing disagreements, individually or in communities. If we could do so, how peaceful life could be.
A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare (Proverbs 15:1). Let love be your highest goal! . . . And do everything with love. (1 Corinthians 14:1; 16:14)