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

Story 9 - The Royal Dance.
page 54

      The composer waved him off. He told the king that he should never present such a gift as a royal handout. If he did that, indeed, those problems would occur, but more than this, his gift would become tarnished. A gift becomes tarnished if it can be perceived as a means to bring the bearer of the gift, fame and honor. The composer suggested that the king should present the gift while being disguised as a traveler, as an ordinary man, and that he should bestow the gift in such a manner as would be necessary to assure the recipient that it is a gift of love. He said to the king that the gift will not be tarnished if it is accepted as a gift of love. Then it will shine.
      The king didn't like the idea at first, but as the days passed it seemed more and more right to him that he should do what his wise visitors had recommended. So he set out one day, in disguise, to visit the man. Indeed, everything that he had been told about the man was true. Consequently, a month later, the king stood before the man again, in wayfarer's clothing, and bestowed on him his gift of love, which by then, it was a gift of love, indeed, bestowed with all his heart and soul.
      The king was pleased with himself, so he repeated the process in many other ways. Eventually, he found out that other people we emulating him, especially when the violinist began to enrich the lives of the people of the kingdom with his own gifts of love. It wasn't long after that, that many people of the kingdom banded together to construct a much needed irrigation dam at the river, as a gift of love to themselves. In this manner, as the king's pioneering venture caught on, the entire kingdom became enriched and uplifted.
      Naturally, the king was more than pleased with this development. However, soon a new problem developed.
      The problem was, that the kings daughter had been inspired by her father's success and had wanted to extent it still further. Except she had no riches to share. Still she had seen that the people had become closer to one another by extending gifts of love to each other, but not close enough to love each other fully as human beings. She had felt that unless people began to really love one another for their humanity, even to love themselves for their humanity, they would remain forever divided, and she herself, would remain forever isolated in the king's castle as an icon of royalty. Thus, she secretly sneaked out of the castle in disguise, to the local inn where she began to dance night after night in the nude, sharing not the king's riches, but herself.
      When the king found out about his daughter's adventures, since the people were beginning to realize who she was, he was wroth with her.
      The princess told her father that he was wrong to be angry. She told him that she had followed his own lead of removing what isolates people. She told him that if one takes away everything that is artificial, the whole of humanity will recognize itself as being one. She told her father that this outcome is inevitable, because it is based on truth, and that the inevitable can be realized at any time if one is willing to do what is necessary. She told her father that she had seen an image in her mind of many people embracing one another in a dance of great joy. She told him that they had found their unity in their beauty as human beings and in their love for themselves and for one another.
      The king, however, was not impressed by his daughter's logic. Nevertheless, his daughter convinced him over the space of the following two months that she was right. The king became confronted with certain facts that he couldn't ignore, because the practice that the princess had started was continued by the people themselves. It gradually brought a greater sense of family to his kingdom. People began to respect each other more, and began to see each other more and more as human beings. They supported each other more. Soon, crime lessened and the whole atmosphere in the kingdom became enriched. But most of all, the princess became regarded by the people as one of them. This breakthrough, the king could understand and appreciate.

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