Is love the answer because it permits us experience the joy and connection humans long and yearn for, or because it truly is, in the realest way, the one answer to suffering which the world is desperately looking for and in this way IS the one Truth?
I believe both statements to be correct.
When a teacher says “practice love and compassion” all too often it is taken as symbolic or even a cliche. After all why love? Why kindness? Why compassion?
Do these things not make us weak in the face of aggression? Is not kindness often seen as weakness by evil people?
Compassion and loving kindness do not weaken us. We may defend ourselves in the face of an aggressor who would harm us. We use only the force necessary to neutralize the aggression be it from an army or an individual. We do not relish violence. We do not seek revenge in a defeated enemy. We treat the defeated with mercy and kindness. Not because they deserve it but because it ennobles us.
Love heals. Generosity leads to a shared bounty. Kindness begets kindness.
This why they all, Zoroaster, the Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, Rishabhanatha, Guru Nanak and many others taught kindness, love, and compassion.
Love is more than an emotion. It is a force of the universe which acts in the hearts of beings with free will and moral choices.