Agape: In Search of Universal Love
from the novel, The Lodging for the Rose
Rolf. A. F. Witzsche
Story 24 - Queen of the New Law.
It was against this background that the invasion by the kingdom of the West occurred. The invading forces didn't come by boat or raft, as the queen had come. The kingdom didn't have enough boats or rafts, nor did it have the economic resources to build them, nor
the skilled people who would be able to drive them. The invading army came on foot across the mountains that the boatmen said were touching the sky, which they said, no one could ever cross alive. Still, many of them did. They had worked their way up through steeply rising valleys until they were indeed touching the sky. Those who survived the arduous journey to the
very end had no heart left for any fighting. Whatever weapons they had still with them were gladly exchanged for food that was offered by their previous queen.
The western empire that the would-be invaders had come from was never attacked in return. There was no need to do so. It simply died out on its own. There were rumors heard of wide spread crimes and starvation in the dying empire, followed by rumors of pestilence. After a while there were no rumors at all forthcoming. After still a while later, new rumors emerged that the land was being resettled by some of the people who had once fled. Still, no new kingdom was established by the resettlement. The people realized what they hadn't realized before, that they had a choice to choose their own destiny. They realized that they had had the power to overthrow their earlier king who had become corrupted. They just hadn't realized this, then. Now, that the realization was made, they chose not to have a new king, over them. They chose to remain subject to the new law
that was cherished by the queen, and always had been cherished by her, that they had learned to value. Thus the two realms simply became one larger kingdom, as indeed, the inhabitants of both realms had become bound together as one
people by that law none of them had made, but had merely discovered.
Wai-yi Chen predicted,
as she finished the story, that the same process was now in the early stages of repeating itself again. She said, "the respect for all human bonds came to us from America, where the gentle law is not welcome, where this law had been perverted into its opposite. But this gentle law is being accepted here. It will enrich China where the beautiful things of life are not being rejected anymore. In fact it has already begun to germinate. It has begun to enrich Russia too, and India, and all of Asia. It is coming to light as the law of the general welfare principle. The law of love. The West, of course, will disintegrate since its corrupt system has already destroyed the financial system and the economies of the nations controlled by the West. Many people have already died, and
many more will still die in the abject poverty of their own creating. In the darkness of this poverty, China's model based on the new law, on the general welfare principle, the law of love, will
some day stand as a beacon of hope for them.
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Published by Cygni Communications Ltd. North Vancouver, Canada