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Love Your Enemies

Confucius' words here are saying that a proper man, even if he has struggles or fights with others, remains courteous and kind towards him. Like if he is in an archery competition, he will still bow …More
Confucius' words here are saying that a proper man, even if he has struggles or fights with others, remains courteous and kind towards him. Like if he is in an archery competition, he will still bow to his competitor and drink with him afterwards. Even should he have enemies or competitors, he will not forget to treat them with love and respect.

The painting is Diego Velázquez's depiction of the surrender of Breda in the thirty years war. The Spanish Catholics besieged the Dutch Protestant city of Breda in the Netherlands and the city surrendered to the Spanish. The Italian general that led the Spanish troops, Ambrogio Spinola, forbade his troops to even jeer at the defenders after their victory. He saluted and embraced the surrendering Dutch commander, and praised the courage of the defenders. Even as people slaughtered each other in religious warfare over their mutual animosities, the miracle of reconciliation could still triumph for those who had not forgotten God.

All Glory to God