Self development/Love… they seem to be two completely different ideas but I realize recently that you cannot have one without the other. I learn more about myself through love and love more through learning more about myself. They are intertwined. Perhaps that is why all scriptures, regardless of religion, identify “God”, the fully-developed embodiment of all things, as “all-loving”. Whoever wrote the scriptures must have a full understanding of the universe and what it means in being a “full person” since they know that only developed people can truly love selflessly.
On that note, it sheds light into why some people are selfish or why some are hateful- it is simply because they haven’t fully developed yet. It is sad to know that this type of development does not occur with age, and that some people reach this as a child while others never reach it in their physical presence in the world. However, God/universe does not discriminate. The more I think about it, the more it makes sense to me that humans are born incomplete and imperfect. It is a necessary stage in becoming complete and perfect. All the negative actions we commit to ourselves and others hurt, and since we all have a natural conscience, the hurt inflicts suffering and emptiness, until we learn to mould ourselves into better beings out of avoidance of that suffering and emptiness. Only through this do we become spiritually full and developed, meanwhile learning more about the nature of love. Perhaps this explains why God/universe is so merciful, because it understands the faults of being human as a necessity.