Dear Dhamma Friends, the world needs mettā. See this clearly. Children need mettā. Parents also need mettā from their children. Mettā is a feeling that goes beyond love. Love is good. However, ego and selfishness exist in love. There is some expectation in love: “Because I love somebody this much I should be loved back equally. Because I say and give things with love, similarly, I should be given things.” In the absence of mettā, love is the best feeling for the world. There is no need for Buddhism to talk about love. There is no point in talking about love as it is a normal feeling. Mettā is a friendship devoid of ego, a friendship with no expectation. One has to make an attempt to acquire mettā. There is no need of much effort to offer love. No need at all to make an attempt to acquire anger. Anger arises in mind effortlessly. Nobody gets angry after making an attempt to do so. The more you try, the less you become angry. One has to make an attempt to offer love. However, one has to try even harder to develop mettā.
(Extract from Hatred, Love and Metta by Hon Gamage)