Love your neighbor

I’m reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis and felt like I needed to share this quote from it:

The rule for all of us is perfectly simple. Do not wast time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbour; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn, you will find yourself disliking him less.

The same spiritual law works terribly in the opposite direction. The Germans, perhaps, at first ill-treated the Jews because they hated them: afterwards they hated them much more because they had ill-treated them. The more cruel you are, the more you will hate, and the more you hate, the more cruel you will become – and so on in a vicious circle for ever.

This shows that you can (and should) “fake it ‘till you make it” when it comes to loving others.