“I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show him at his best, or even a good man swings his lantern higher.” ~ William Butler Yeats
You are making a grave error if you love your friends and hate your enemies. Both love and hatred are powerful emotions that bind you to the object of your attention. The more you love or hate another, the closer they are to you. There are no exceptions to this rule.
If you are to uplift the world around you, you must believe the best of your friends as well as your enemies. This belief, backed by love, will tend to draw out the inherent goodness in others over time. It may not happen right away, but even the stoniest hearts will warm to your call to greatness when you prove to the skeptical heart of man that your love is not conditional, but absolute.
Judging others based on a snapshot – who they are revealing themselves to be in this particular moment – is a potentially dangerous mistake. You are wise to take the long view when thinking of your friends and enemies, one that emphasizes the possibilities and not the failures or shortcomings.
To live an uncommon life you must be willing to invest in others beyond what they’ve proven worthy of receiving while remaining open to others doing the same for you.
“Treat a man as he is, he will remain so. Treat a man the way he can and ought to be, and he will become as he can and should be.” ~ Goethe