The path to full enlightenment
is to learn how to love all beings fully,
with full compassion and wisdom.
Ordinary love is based and mixed with attachment. Like other afflicted emotions, attachment is based not on reality but on mental projection. It exaggerates reality. In reality, there may be some good there, but attachment views it as one hundred percent beautiful or good. Compassion [with wisdom] gets much closer to reality. There is a vast difference.
TDEditor: No unenlightened being is 100% good or bad. Having unrealistic expectations is what leads to suffering from disappointment when reality asserts itself to prove us wrong. Ordinary love can easily flip to become aversion too. Enlightened love of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas however, is stable, free and for all, without delusional attachment and aversion – which is what we should evolve towards.
The Middle Way
The Dalai Lama