I would ask why don’t you love those who love you?
As Martin Luther King Jr. says in Strength to Love:
The meaning of love is not to be confused with some sentimental outpouring. Love is much deeper than emotional bosh.
The kind of love King refers to in his sermon Loving Your Enemies is the love of all people, regardless. If you consider that at the heart of love is value, then you will value all those you love including those who love you.
Don’t misunderstand me, unlike King, you do not have to believe in the Christian God, or any other god to that matter, to love all people beyond an emotional outpouring. Simply put, you can love all people on Earth because they are lovable within Prof. Irving singer’s definition of love:
This is how love presents itself (Value, Commitment and Attachment).
If you choose to love all, then you value all. The question then is should some you love be valued more than others?
I suggest not as to love is to value. If you read on you will understand more.
If you don’t choose to love all, including those who love you, then you are asking a moral question on the value of people in your life.
When it comes to value, this is a troubling question.
Value suggests benefit and loss. When you compare values between people, you are deciding what is beneficial to me and what am I prepared to lose in exchange, just as you might with cars, houses, stocks and shares? The value of people is in no way comparable to these things.
When you value your lover immensely, you say they are worth more than all the riches in the world. That never means you would swap them for these riches. You just do not have the words to share how attached you are to them. That’s all.
Loving value, therefore, should not translate to playing the game of choosing who survives and who drowns on a sinking ship. The only thing that can be said is you should love all people, including your enemies. Those in your orbit you should value dearly and hold closest, and those at a distance you should apply the golden rule: love (value) thy neighbor as thyself (Galatians 5:14).
Therefore, love equally those who love you and those you love by loving all; now the question of value is not up for debate as love will have you value all equally.
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