If surviving is the basic goal of life then a loving, caring, reciprocal Community is a necessity. To thrive is to achieve the highest state of being while maintaining compassion for all things living. Nothing can surpass love for love is the highest order of all things and it dissolves barriers and brings peace and order to everything living. When we love ourselves unconditionally then we can love others unconditionally. – A Smith

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“The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends. The type of love that I stress here is not eros, a sort of esthetic or romantic love; not philia, a sort of reciprocal love between personal friends; but it is  agape which is understanding good will for all men. It is an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return. It is the love of God working in the lives of men. This is the love that may well be the salvation of our civilization.”

– Martin Luther King

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