two types of love and compassion

There are two types of love and compassion. One type is conditioned — “beautiful face, beautiful body, beautiful sound” — that kind of love is greatly conditioned. As soon as these conditions disap­pear, then no more love! So, a few days of great happiness — kissing and cuddling — just a few days — then, no more! It is over because of too much conditioning, which is a result of ignorance. That is not sound love or compassion.

The other type of love and compassion arises when one realizes that others are human beings, sentient beings “just like me”, who do not want suffering, who want happiness. And, on that basis, some kind of love, respect and deep understanding comes into being.

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frog and toad

Frog – practical, a problem-solver, eternally patient – and his best friend Toad, who is ruled by his reactions to his surroundings: he wants this, he fears that. Frog never comments on Toad’s behavior, he takes gentle action. More often than not, a story ends not with Toad learning a lesson but with the two friends simply continuing on, side by side.

“Discovering the dharma in ‘Frog and Toad'”, by Arnold Lobel – article by Kathryn Jezer-Morton at LionsRoar.com