Agape: In Search of Universal Love
from the novel, The Lodging for the Rose
Rolf. A. F. Witzsche

Story 1 - Lianhua.
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      They all agreed that this principle had so enriched their lives that they would never want to drift away from it, that it was a natural constitutional principle. It had opened doors to such joy and sharing, including sexual sharing, and to uplifting one another's spirit, the likes of which would never have been open to them on a lower platform, such as they had known before.
      The specific form of this honoring, they all agreed, should be left to the democratic decision of each one acting individually, according to a person's wisdom and situation. These individual forms, however, and they all agreed on that, must always be subservient to the universal principle of honoring one another, that must never be side-stepped for any reason.
      The girl Lianhua suggested that this constitutional goal should constantly enrich everyone, since it forces one to look ever deeper for the truth that invariably inspires the honoring of one another. She suggested that experience has shown that such honoring can unfold in the form of a gesture, or a commitment, or a deed, or whatever else may be designed to uplift one another. "On this platform, theft, rape, or murder will never become a possibility," declared Lianhua, "while our world becomes evermore beautiful in the process." Thus the principle was enshrined in their constitution as the second principle.

      The third session followed seven days later. During this session the people acknowledged to one another that each person has certain fundamental personal needs that the community should respect and endeavor to satisfy for one another, such as the need for food, shelter, warmth, affection, and so forth. Even sexual intimacies were recognized under this category as a normal aspect of living by a human being. The principle was acknowledged as an aspect conducive to happiness and to the joy in one another, which should not be blocked, but be uplifted.
      The girl Lianhua summarized all these recognitions as an acknowledgement of the necessary principle of universal love and universal sovereignty as a platform for meeting all human needs. The people agreed with that assessment.
      At this point someone asked Lianhua in what form, she felt, that everyone's individual sexual needs should be met, since she had been the one who had added sexual needs to the list.
      The girl just laughed. "The answer is simple," she said. "No one owns us. We own ourselves, but we need one another. We have made a declaration that we shall support one another. This principle still sands. We have also made a declaration that we shall honor one another. This principle still applies. What more do we need to add to meet one another's needs, by which we meet our own needs as well? The details are not important. Our constitutional principles are important. They should govern the details. So, let us test these principles, therefore, and determine if they do indeed meet all the various needs in our lives. Let us test them and see if they make our lives worthwhile and productive, and bright with happiness."
      The people agreed that they would test the principles for seven days and meet again to determine if something else needs to be added.
      Lianhua suggested that everyone should be clear that these principles reflect the goals that the community has established in its constitution, which should always guide each ones democratic choice of the path and the type of effort in attaining the universal goals.
      "So, how shall we act individually?" she said to the people. "Do I bear a gift to whoever I would honor with sexual intimacies? That is something that I must discover for myself. I must keep in mind, however, that no one should be left out in the cold, because everyone is worthy to be loved. But again, how I do this is my own business. No one should have the right to determine that. The how to do comes out of my own heart. That is a skill that I must learn, that we all must learn. Still, I like to suggest that we will be fast learners, because if we don't learn the details of how to apply these principles, our lives will become very poor and isolated from one another, and quite meaningless, really."

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