Minds… are not conquered by arms, but by love and generosity. (Spinoza, 17th century Dutch philosopher)

Over the centuries, nations have waged war to conquer other nations. The conquered people may be severely restricted, but most never give up their convictions. In fact, hatred of their conquerors has led to more armed conflicts. It’s true that “A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” Change comes through loving one’s enemy and practicing generosity.

Jesus: “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:43-44)