Agape: In Search of Universal Love
from the novel, The Lodging for the Rose
Rolf. A. F. Witzsche
Story 3 - A Dream About Love.
"What you have witnessed was a deeply honest commitment to the general welfare principle," I said in response to her magical story.
She shook her head and grinned. "I would say, it was much more than that. It was far more advanced than what you have enshrined in your American constitution. It was something deeper that should be enshrined in our very lives."
"You were referring to the Preamble to our
Federal Constitution," I corrected her. "A preamble sets the stage for a beginning. It doesn't create a commitment. The commitment has to come from within. There were a few isolated periods in American history when this principle meant something to the people. Those were the great periods of prosperity when America became the envy of the world."
"Would you also say that those were periods of love?" she asked. "Do you realize, that what I saw in my dream is a perfect platform for exploring the roots of love? Love isn't a shallow abstraction that one trots out in a parade of emotions. There is a principle behind it, and unless one understands that principle one doesn't understand what love is. Herein lies its mystery."
"And the magic of it," I added.
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