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

Story 7 - Unity.
page 36

      By the time we had reached cruising altitude and the seat belt signs were turned off, a kind old gentleman beside me asked if my tears were for someone special whom I had left behind.
      I nodded. "She should have been here with me, or I should have been with her, waiting in the hospital."
      "Physical space does not separate people," he replied. "Only people can do this. They do it in their minds."
      I told him that this didn't seem logical to me.
      "It is provable," he countered me.
      "All right, tell me in which century did Solon of Athens, the great reformer, grow up in? And in what century did Confucious begin his renowned reform teachings in China?"
      I couldn't answer him.
      "They both lived in the sixth and fifth Century B.C., respectively," said the man. "This means that the kind of thinking that brought about the Greek cultural revolution that set the stage for the development of Christianity, was echoed in all essential aspects in far away China in the form of the famous Confucian ideology. There exists such a close similarity between the Confucian and the Christian perception of the worth of the individual human being, that one would suspect collaboration had the two regions of the world not been totally isolated from one another at the time."
      He asked, "Was that a coincidence?"
      I shrugged my shoulders.
      "No that was not a coincidence," he said, "it couldn't have been, because the same sort of thing happened again many centuries later during the next major cultural development period, the period of the Golden Renaissance. At the exact identical time that the Golden Renaissance began in Europe, the greatest cultural development period began half way around the world in the Andes of South America with the development of the Inca culture. Many of the civilization aspects that came with the development of the Renaissance, were found reflected in the development of the Inca culture, regardless of their separation. The similarities are such that one would again suspect collaboration between the two cultural developments, had the areas in which they occurred not existed in total isolation from one another. Columbus didn't come onto the scene until 60 years later. Therefore, the undeniable coincidence of great cultural developments occurring simultaneously in geographic isolation of one another, and this repeatedly, points to the existence of a universal unity that binds all humanity into one."
      The man suggested that these occurrences were sufficient prove that separation and isolation are indeed invalid concepts.
      "In my religion God and man are one in being," the man continued, "and this leaves not a single person out. In this truth, there is but one I, or Us. There is no separation possible where all is one in being. This oneness is not just a unity in spirit, but is a practical unity, a concrete unity. Therefore, the infinite intelligence that is God, that we all embody, is reflected in the doctors' wisdom and alertness, who will treat your friend," said the man. "So, there is no need to fear," he added. "This truth is reflected in your thoughts as you see your friend endowed with strength and in the care of intelligence. What you know, understand, and acknowledge of this reality will be reflected in the peace of this hour in which no separation has taken place in truth. If your thoughts are focused on that reality which I told you about, your critical hour will be filled with peace for you both, and with joy, and power."
      "This is an interesting concept," I almost whispered, "that there is but one I, or Us." In a sense, I think I had known this for all of my life. I told the man so. "I have always been embracing people in thought, especially women."

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