These Are the Two Loves

These  are the two loves…the first is social, the second is selfish; the first consults the common welfare for the sake of the celestial (heavenly) society, the second grasps at a selfish control of social affairs for the sake of arrogant domination; the fist is submissive to God, the second tries to rival God; the first is quiet, the second restless; the first is peaceful, the second, trouble-making; the first prefers truth to the praises of those who are in error, the second is greedy for praise, however it might be obtained…Accordingly, the two cities have been formed by two loves: the earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God; the heavenly by the love of God, even to the contempt of self.

– Augustine, The CIty of God

as quoted by  Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 250-251

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