the quality of love

The idea of love and its expression seems to be an inborn capacity with human beings.  The above statement is in direct opposition to the popularly held theory of Darwin’s evolution of the fittest and Fredrick Nietzsche’s biologic aggressive, evolutionary philosophy.  Here is a quote from Nietzsche’s, “Van alter und neuem,” …”Such ideas as mercy, pity, and charity are pernicious, for they mean transference of power from the strong to the weak, whose proper business it is to serve the strong.  Remember that self-sacrifice, brotherhood, and love are not real moral instincts at all, but merely manufactured compunctions to keep you from your true self”…

Humans, from their inception, have attached great important upon the idea of love. Great and infamous deeds have been committed in the name of love, from the sacrifice of one’s life to save another, to murdering the one you love. Humans see love in everything: poets write about it, Barret Browning , “shudders in his lover’s shadow;” song writers flood the airways with songs of love, while preachers proclaim love as a living force.  Human’s, from a perspective of survival and expansion, must have had to conduct themselves with a spirit of co-operation, dependency, nurturing, and love rather than absolute individualism, aggression and violence, otherwise, given the consequences of these latter attributes we should have never survived, expanded, and prospered.

Yet, for all the attention placed on love, and all the vociferous affirmations of love, the world of human affairs has more discord than harmony.  Somehow, love has come to be misinterpreted and misapplied with regard to human expression, otherwise there would be more harmony than discord in the world of human affairs.

St. Paul, in Corinthanes, 13, helps explain love in its most pure expression.  He writes, “I may gain all knowledge and understand all secrets, I may have all the faith to move mountains-but if I have no love, I am  nothing.”  In the above statement, St. Paul dissects love into intention or desire to love.  Where pure love is, the desire is “thou.”  Where love is not, the desire is “I.”  The man who gains all knowledge and understands all secrets, but without love merely benefits himself. He thus is working against his higher nature, and eventually becomes, selfish, cold, and indifferent.  An appropriate, dramatic example of such a man would be Ebenezer Scrooge, from Dickens’, “A Christmas Carol.’  For such a man, any attempt at expressing love would be a cheap imitation of love’s sentiments, since within each expression is the intention of self benefit.  Even if the man gave large sums of money and his time to the most deserving of charities, if his intention was to show the world his own beneficence, his actions would be loveless, and provide him small merit.  Such a man has worked hard, over many lifetimes, associating lower selfish passions and desires with higher ideals which is both a delusion and a corruption.  Love, in its purest expression is selfless.

St. Paul continues his description of love, “Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with truth.  Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.  Lover is eternal.”

The discord within the world seems to be the result of a misplaced focus of attention on  “I.”  The self gratifying wills of collective humanity clash and fiercely fight for fulfillment-frenzy and discord can be the only out come.  If only we could see and know the Universal Spiritual Heart that gives us our beat and strikes each one of us with a common rhythm.  As one heart beats, so beats the whole planet, solar system, galaxy.  We are all commonly tuned, and even the slightest of discord reverberates through the entire Cosmos rewriting our common destiny.

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