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If you could teach the world 1 valuable thing you learned, what would it be and why?

The 1 valuable thing you learned could be anything, whether it is a skill, a lesson you learned, a quote you heard, or even the most simple things.


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    Aug 5 2011: That Love, is the greatest thing in the World. Why ? Love transforms, Love elevates,
    Love protects, Love saves, Love can change the worst of men/women and make them the best
    of men/woman. Love is the answer to all questions. Love is the answer to all problems.
    Love is all powerful. Nothing can withstand Love. Love is Peace, Love is Joy. Love is our
    reason for living. Love is our life. There is Nothing greater than LOVE !!! In reality, there
    is nothing but Love. If it is not Love, it is not real. LOVE is absolute. God is LOVE.
    • Aug 5 2011: "Love is a many splendor thing".
      "Where there is love there is life".
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      Aug 5 2011: Love is passion, and passion is fickle. Be careful not to let love blind you. Love can be just as dangerous as hate or obsession when it burns hot enough.

      Not to say love isn't good, but be ever watchful of your emotions lest they control you.
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        Aug 5 2011: 1. Love is relative

        2. Everything in moderation.

        3. Never let others be responsible for your own emotions, people change their minds (about who or what they love) every second and that is their birth given right.
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        Aug 5 2011: Unconditional love is very clear. It is our expectations that blind us at times:>)

        When we have certain expectations of others, we may become obsessed with getting our expectations met, and get lost in our own "passion", or "obsession". When we let go of our need to control others with our expectations, we are free of any control of each others emotions:>)
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          Aug 5 2011: Yeah, and therein lies the beauty of giving without expecting anything in return :-)) The beauty/reward is the inherent gift of loving without putting conditions to the person receiving the love
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          Aug 5 2011: Thank you Colleen that was insightful :).

          I won't deny that love at it's finest is perhaps the greatest thing in the world, but it's important for people to know the difference between love and the other passions*.
          Zanele, moderation is the key to most everything :). And Emotions are paradoxical able to draw out opposite reactions in a person, and Passions are powerful because they heat everything up making what you feel more intense.

          I think we are all saying very similar things but the point I'm trying to make is that love unchecked (not as a movement that's fine, but the personal part of the emotion) can turn into something else quickly. I suppose I'm really just drawing back to moderation, but then perhaps moderation is the first lesson a person should be taught.

          * I currently define the three primary forms of passion as Love, Hate and Obsession. Obsession is the latest of the three, but I feel it has deserves it's place separate fro love and hate. Though I think I'll start a new discussion on just that.
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        Aug 5 2011: Tyler,
        It feels like you may be speaking only of romantic love...love between two people? Most of the people who wrote about love on this thread, myself included, seem to be talking about love in a broader sense. However we talk about it is GREAT...I would just like to be clear, and I'm confused by your comment.

        While I respect how you "currently define the passions", it is often defined as "a strong liking for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept...enthusiasm, zeal, intense emotion compelling action". We can be passionate about anything...kindness...gardens...sports...art...life...etc. etc. The possibilities for passion are endless. We can also love all of our passions.
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          Aug 6 2011: I can't seem to get my idea across, I I'll continue to work on articulating it, but what I was try to say has been almost entirely missed but that's my fault.
      • Aug 6 2011: Conditional & selfish love is dangerous but
        unconditional & unselfish love is harmless. :)
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        Aug 8 2011: @ Tyler Davis, agree with you on moderation...totally everything in moderation! and I do get most of what you are saying

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