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

Story 1a - The Lateral Lattice of Hearts.
page 197

      "Yes, there was a need for healing of my distorted sense of love," I agreed with her on that. I couldn't say more. The right words didn't come to mind. A hug seemed not enough, but it had to do. But then again, perhaps it was enough. Or was it?
      "There is something more that I must do for you now," Helen said smiling. "I must complete the healing that you require, because learning to love involves an active process of healing."
      She stopped getting dressed and sat down on the bed.
      "You mean healing me?" I asked. "Am I still in need of healing? I thought I was healed of the problem. I've got no more love pains. I am totally satisfied."
      "No, you are not," Helen countered me gently. "You still don't know what love is."
      I shook my head and smiled.
      "Please sit down and let me prove it to you," she said gently. "Let me prove it to you with a paradox."
      "With a paradox?" I repeated and sat down, somewhat astonished. "Ok, what's the paradox?"
      "You met Erica and fell in love her," she said. "I believe you really loved her and still do. That's obvious by the way you talked about her. Would you agree that what you feel for her is a deep seated love?"
      I nodded.
      "After that you met me, and I believe you fell in love with me likewise. It's plain to see that you did. Am I right?"
      "Of course you are right," I said with a smile and leaned over to her. "I am in love with you. But what's the paradox?"
      "We have a profound paradox to resolve," she answered and smiled. "We have two examples of love here. In one instance a deep love unfolded on a platform that is totally devoid of sexual intimacy. And in the other instance your love unfolded on a platform that was extensively interwoven with sexual intimacies. It is plain to see that sex plays a role in your love for me. This means that you have embraced two opposite platforms of love, both of which are totally valid. They are both valid according to the evidence that you just confirmed, but they are opposites to each other. They are both valid, but they are opposites. How is this possible? That's a paradox, right? So where does the truth lie that unites opposites? What truth unites opposites, Peter?"
      I shrugged my shoulders. "I can't answer that, Helen. I am not as far advanced as a scientist as you are? Maybe there exists no clear answer. Maybe sometime in the far future, some saint will be able to figure that one out."
      "No Peter, you are wrong on all counts," she said gently and continued to smile, "because the problem has already been solved 5000 years ago in the cradles of civilization and in all the brightest periods after that."
      She told me that her 'friend' Nicolaus of Cusa, one of the founders of the Golden Renaissance, had understood how to unite opposites. He had applied it to the challenge of uniting religions, a seemingly hopeless task. She said that Nicolaus had developed a rather unique approach. He had created a story that he used to illustrate the solution, which had been widely circulated. "Let me tell you about that story," said Helen.
      She explained that once upon a time the sages of the seventeen religions of the world came together for the same kind of problem, that they couldn't resolve. So they asked God, the divine wisdom, for guidance.
      "Why is it that we are so divided on this issue and fight against each other," they said, "so that we denounce and even kill one another in Your name?"
      "You should know the answer yourself," the divine word replied. "You are all wise men, you should be able to understand that there is only one truth."

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