Agape: In Search of Universal Love
from the novel, The Lodging for the Rose
Rolf. A. F. Witzsche
Story 20 - A Poster with Dragons.
Story 20 - A Poster with Dragons.
We were treated to a friendly dinner after the festival was concluded. At the dinner, we were presented a piece of Chinese art, a scene of Lu Mountain embroidered in silk. Jacky accepted the gift for us with a speech, in which he explained our mission in China.
After the official part of the welcome ceremony to the city was dispensed with, I asked Jacky to enquire with the head man if there might be an artist in the city who could create a Chinese style poster for me, personally.
"What kind of poster?" an older man asked from across the table. He spoke in broken English."
"A standard size poster with a three letter symbol inside a circle, surrounded by two dragons facing each other," I replied.
"I can do this for you," the man replied. He wore long gray hair and an almost as long, gray beard. "Come to my shop tomorrow and it will be done. Except, you have to tell me what the symbol is and what it means," he said, "so that I can create the right mood to match the symbol."
"The first part is easy," I said and bowed to the man as I thanked him for his kind offer. "The letters for the symbol are, CSD. Their meaning, however, is not that easily explained."
"I need to know, to be able to create the right mood," the artist repeated.
Since this was China and I lacked the means to explain in simple terms the scientific significance of the letters, the thought came to mind to create a story to convey the message. I told the man that, he being an artist, would have the gift to determine the mood by listening to my story that presents in metaphor an extremely complex scientific issue.
He answered with a simple nod.
I told him that the story is about a king of a great kingdom. The king was honored throughout his realm and in many lands near and far. He was honored for his wisdom and for his ability to heal.
One day the sages came to the king and said, "teach us your wisdom, so that we can teach all the people in the kingdom." Being a kind person, the king agreed and set up a school in which he would teach the sages, in order that they could teach the people. The idea was a good one, but what could he teach them?
He thought about that question, then he decided that he would teach the sages certain principles that he had discovered, and how these principles can be applied to healing discords and diseases. He devised a course of instruction for them, and frequently, throughout the course he would tell his students to go out into the streets and prove the principles by healing someone, which they all did. In the end, after a full week of instruction and successful practicing had passed, he presented each of his students a certificate with the letters CSD placed thereon, drawn in an elaborate style of calligraphy.
"But what do the letters mean?" the students asked the king.
"The C stands for Christ," the king explained, "in honor of the world's most advanced Exemplar of the truth about God and man. The S stands for Science," the king added. "This letter symbolizes what I have taught you. It symbolizes, that what I have presented to you is not a philosophy which I have invented, as philosophers invent new perceptions, but has been a presentation of discovered, verifiable, universal principles and their imperatives."
The king added that these principles and imperatives are far greater that he himself, and that he himself is but a student of the science involved in making these discoveries. He explained that in contrast to this, a philosophy is artificial and finite. He said that a philosophy is like a religious doctrine that is deemed absolute, whereby it closes the door to any form of a higher perception. The king explained that science is the opposite of that. It is not artificial, but is determined by the face of the universe, nor is it finite, as it always leaves the door open to a higher hypothesis to supersede what has been established at the leading edge of current perception.
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