The Hasidic Rabbi Moshe Leib once said: “I learned how to love mankind from a drunk peasant. He was sitting in a tavern drinking with his companions. He did not say anything for a very long time. But after a while his drink loosened his tongue and he asked his companion: ‘Tell me, do you love me?’
‘Yes, I love you very much,’ the man replied.
‘You love me, you say. But do you know what I need?’ asked the first.
‘How can I know what you need? I am not you!’ his friend protested.
‘If you really loved me, you would know.’ At this his friend had nothing to say, so they both returned to their drinking and silence.
However, I understood. To know a person’s true need and to carry the weight of his pain–that is the true love of mankind.”
What do you think? Do you agree with Moshe Leib? How does one demonstrate true love for humanity? How well do you show love?