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

Story 6 - Shared Roses.
page 32

      I told her that this question about the threshold of no return, had been asked in ancient times already. I told her that one finds traces of it in the earliest Scriptures. I referred to the Abraham story, in which Abraham argued the very point with God himself. The argument was about the impending destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. God suggested in a dialog with Abraham that if fifty 'righteous' people could be found in these cities, the cities and the societies would survive. Abraham wasn't that optimistic. He suggested to God, that if perhaps only twenty upright people were to be found, would that not suffice? God agreed that this might be sufficient. Abraham asked, what if there were only ten? God agreed again that this might suffice. As it was, those ten didn't exist and the cities were self-destroyed. The societies within them had lost the ability to survive.
      "So, where is the threshold?" Sylvia asked.
      I suggested that the threshold seems to depend on the quality of the breakthrough that can be achieved. I suggested to her, that if a village below a dam that is breaking up, were to contain one single person who can inspire all the others to open their eyes to the reality of their situation so that this single person would break the denial of their belief in a security that doesn't exist, the village would surely be saved. It all depends on igniting that spark of a revolution that inspires the right actions. Nothing more would be needed than this spark to marshal the needed resources, to save the village. I suggested that the villagers might rebuild the dam, or drain the reservoir, or build a flood channel to protect the village when the dam breaks. I also suggested that none of that can happen until the threshold of getting out of the denial of reality is crossed. I suggested that a single person would likely be enough to accomplish that. All it takes is an idea that inspires everyone to become more honest with themselves, that inspires the people in the village to act like human beings.
      "So, what is your assessment, Peter?" Sylvia asked.
      "Our chances are slim, right now, but as I said, we have the tools to totally transform the world and change the odds. Right now, our chances are slim, because people are not conditioned to be honest with themselves, Sylvia. Most people would probably love to be honest with themselves, especially in responding to their sexual attraction to one another, but it doesn't happen, because it has been drilled into their mind that this must not be allowed. It's against this doctrine, and that doctrine, and against this axiom, and that axiom. Nothing can be achieved against these old emotional barriers, unless we apply the principles that have been developed through scientific perception? And that's exciting," I said to Sylvia, "because the sexual domain is the domain where we have the best chance of breaking the chain of denial and self-denial, since most people want to be free of that chain. If we achieved a breakthrough there, we might create a bright new world everywhere for ourselves, one that we never imagined to exist, and solve the global dangers in the shadow of it. Don't you think that the principles of universal love and universal sovereignty will cause us to do away with nuclear weapons once these principles become fully established, consciously and honestly? Don't you think these principles can end our wars altogether, abolish imperial oligarchies and the presence of empires on this planet?"
      "It's never too late to start the ball rolling," Sylvia replied enthusiastically, with a kiss.
      "If we do it honestly with all our heart, and not for any hoped for immediate rewards, which we may never get, but that we do it because it is primarily the human thing to do; the thing that lies in our humanity; the thing that reflects our soul; the thing that comes from our self-love, out of which unfolds our love for each other; then we will succeed."

       "Peter, what you are saying is miles ahead of anything that Raymond understands," said Sylvia a while later.  She smiled and added that it had really been Raymond's version that had hurt her.

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