I don’t think love is the answer to anything. Wars are fought over love of country. People are killed over love. People beat their family members, according to their definition of love. Yeah, love can be cruel and violent, as well as all the other things. Not the answer.
Compassion isn’t the right word either. It can be self serving and misplaced. Given to people who don’t want, or need it. Used to get something from others. Not the answer.
Empathy is definitely not the right word. It’s not even a word with a real meaning. No one can put themselves in another person’s place…ever. We can only use our own experience, or thoughts, to imagine what someone else is going through. Not a good word for anything.
But there is a word that can solve the world’s problems. It’s a simple word, but one that when put into play, erases all of the other words. The other words disappear, as they should, since they never meant anything in the first place. Not really.
There is only one word that can save the world and that word is kindness. True kindness asks for nothing, it’s an automatic gesture, it’s what a person is. There’s no thought to kindness, it just is. Kindness is a cure/answer to all of our ills. It erases greed, power mongering, selfishness and violence. We can’t be any of those things, if we are kind. It’s simply not possible. At least the way I see it. Kindness opens our hearts and shows us that we don’t have to understand what another person/animal is going through, we simply have to see they are going through something, even if we don’t know what it is. Our opinion, or understanding, isn’t important. Kindness doesn’t need reasons, or explanations, it doesn’t need empathy, compassion or love, it simply sees a need and fills it. That’s why kindness is the word that the world is looking for. We can’t hate, harm. or kill another living thing, if we’re kind. On the other hand, humans can do all of those cruel things, if they use any of the other words.