Universal Love By Stephen T. Asma

1133 Words Oct 17th, 2016 5 Pages
The idea of universal love is one that is prevalent in the media. With the news filled with grim stories and horror many people are calling to the idea of loving everyone. Tensions are high concerning race relations, gender discrimination, and sexual orientation. Many in the general public are calling for humanity to embrace humanity. Many in the general public are asking “why we can’t just love one another”? Stephen T. Asma tackles this idea of love in his article published in the New York Times. Asma discusses two different ideas about universal love before offering his own take on the subject. Just as Asma states, universal love is a myth and closer personal relationships should be favored.
The first argument given toward universal love is that humanity should care for and love for those close to them, but that humans also have the ability to care for and love everyone around them. The author mentions two different and important social theorists that believe in this theory. The first is Peter Singer. Singer explains his idea in his book “The Expanding Circle”. He believes that it is a person’s ethical duty to help those in their closest circle, of family and friends. But he also believes that that circle grows and expands to encompass other individuals as well, because our communities and societies are just one small part of many with the same needs and wants as us. Singer invokes mathematics to explain the circle should indeed grow to include others. That is until we…
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