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

Story 2a - In the Brilliance of a Night
page 204

      Steve said that the best way to discover the truth is to deal with the paradoxes of our world. "So, here we are," he said. "Ushi is deeply attracted to you and you to her. This much is plain to see since you couldn't keep your eyes off each other all evening. So,  we all came up against this barrier that our marriage imposes, that prevents you  both from responding more fully to your love that is anchored in something that is totally truthful, that unfolds from the universal recognition of universal principles, the principles of beauty unfolding into love. The natural outcome is a union based on a community of principle. You didn't invent the principles that unfold as love. You merely respond to them, and you respond honestly. This leaves me with two options," said Steve to me. "I can ask you to go home where you will dream about your love and a union of hearts that can never be, and send Ushi to bed by herself with her own unrealized dreams. Or I can open the door to the fuller realization of what you both want, and evidently need, which the principle of universal love literally  demands of us all to embrace. That's the real nature of our humanity. Its universality is defined by universal principles. That's the way it is, and that's the way it comes to light. There is no outside. Evidently, the universality of principle is greater than any one of us, which is reflected in the principle of universal love by which all the countless divisions that we see in the world become invalidated. So what is the sane thing to do?"
      Steve said there is a point put forward in the Bible, which he said is one of the great history books of a people's spiritual development. He said that this point is applicable to such a situation as ours. The point has been raised by a disciple of Christ Jesus, named John, who is said to have been the most spiritually advanced of the disciples. John asks, if a person who has this world's goods and finds his brother in need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion so that he doesn't respond to this need, how then dwelleth the love of God in him?
      "Love makes great demands on us," said Steve, "it also gives immensely in return, and so should we do likewise to one another. That's the Principle of the universe. So what should I do? Should I heed the demands of tradition that drive us into poverty and self-denial? Should I dance to this songbook of ancient priests who demand this, and demand that, and whatever, in their cold, heartless hypocrisy?"
      He laughed at the thought.
      (A) Thou shalt not allow thy wife to feel any affection for another person, or be held in affection by another person, man or woman.
      (B) Thou shalt not allow thy wife to deeply love another person, or to be deeply loved by another person, man or woman.
      (C) Thou shalt not allow thy wife to be seen naked by another person, or to see another person so, man or woman.
      (D) Thou shalt not allow thy wife to touch or regard another person intimately, or to be so touched or regarded in return, man or woman.
      "Can't you see how utterly stupid those songs are?" said Steve. "I am not the king who demands, that if those rules are not obeyed, off with their heads. We are human beings in this house, Peter, or at least we endeavor to be. The bond that binds Ushi and me is founded on love, not on withholding or smothering it. Love means that we enrich one another's existence. The demands of love aren't fulfilled by starving ourselves emotionally behind barriers. Love is our commitment to one another, universally, and it embraces you too. Why shouldn't it? Love is a principle that can only exist on a universal platform, which is the spiritual platform that defines the reality of our being as a spiritual species. In other words, what we are facing here, tonight, all boils down to a question of scientific honesty, to being human, to being true to our ability to see with the minds eye the principles of the universe, which is unique to the human being as no other species of life can match that. That is where the root of truthfulness is really anchored. If we can't be truthful to that, to what defines who we are, what's the point in living at all?"
      "Scientific honesty?" I repeated, questioningly.
      "That's a tough one, right?" Steve responded. "That's something we haven't practiced for thousands of years in respect to what is involved here tonight."
      I shook my head. "What do you mean Steve? You speak in riddles. What has scientific honesty got to do with that?"
      "Everything, Peter. It is at the very heart of what you find so perplexing. The Bible, which as I said is one the great history books of a people's spiritual development, and spiritual failures, begins with two accounts of creation. One account is profoundly spiritual and symbolic and defines the human reality as being incredibly good. The other account is totally material and chaotic and describes the human reality as ending in disaster. On of the two accounts is a perversion, a lie. But which is it? In the spiritual account, no sexual division exists. It says that God created man in his own image; male and female created he them. And God saw everything that he has made, and, behold, it was very good. Isn't this the reality that each one of us beholds in our heart? You fell in love with Ushi because of that. This is a reflection of this truth, a truth which is incredibly good. This is what the spiritual account of creation affirms: And, behold, it was very good. This, Peter, is the reality that we too, must behold. No cause exists for sexual division and isolation on the spiritually defined platform of truth. Scientific honesty demands us to acknowledge what we recognize as the truth. No one exists outside that demand of the truth. There is no 'outside' in science."
      "This isn't easy to embrace," I said, though I spoke in full agreement.
     "It's like I said," said Steve. "We haven't done that for thousands of years. The fact is, we haven't done that because it is much more challenging than anything we have so far dared to tackle. We only dare to disobey. The preacher in ancient days speaks of God, saying, 'bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house.' I have to ask myself, how much greater than meat is love? I have to say to myself, let there be love in my house, because the greatest Christian who ever lived defined God as Love. I think the greatest problem that we face in the world, and have faced for a long time, is that the rich garner up the riches they take from society and stash them away, instead of enriching society with them, for a richer world. We have even privatized Love. Yes, Pete, that is what we have done. Would we also privatize God, who is Love? The whole privatization concept makes no sense, Pete. God, Good, Love, Life, Truth; these cannot be divided and privatized. They are a part of our humanity; of our being; of all being. We should embrace them universally. Humanity is one indivisible whole in which God comes to light. We should not exclude ourselves, and one another, from the universality of that reality that defines our our being. There should be good in the world in great abundance, and love, and life, and truthfulness. This is what this is all about. Do I make any sense?"

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