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 206


      "In a single incidence, Peter, in one of the many wars in the Caucuses region, a war errupted that grew out of an imperially 'inspired' revolt that was subsequently squashed by the Empire in 1864. The outcome was that more than a million people were murdered or deported. Of course, not a single positive thing was achieved by all the pain that was inflicted. Nor was anything positive intended. The destabilization of the entire region was the outcome. That was intended. The same divide and rule policy was used against China around the time of the Opium Wars. The Empire's immense reparation demands imposed under the peace treaties for ending its Opium Wars, imposed upon the Chinese people unspeakable agonies and deprivation. This raping of the nation promptly led to a revolt throughout China against its government. The resulting uprising, of course, was supported by the British Empire until it was fully under way. When the uprising was close to succeeding, the Empire reversed its strategy, called in its own troops, ostensibly in aid of the government, and squashed the rebellion that it had supported before. This was the work of a very famous man, the infamous Gordon, who was later killed in Africa. By this backstabbing process all of China's patriotic forces were destroyed. God knows how many millions of people were butchered in this senseless slaughter of a nation coerced to fight against itself. That's the ugly face of dividing a people against one another. Divide and rule has always been the empire's policy. This needs to be countered, but not with another war that one cannot win. It needs to countered by building a wide and universal platform for unity. That unity Peter, needs to be build in individual consciousness. This means that we have to deal with our own divisions and isolation in order to get ourselves back into line with the principle of unity, for starters."
      Steve continued after a short pause. "Humanity has been divided for political purposes from very ancient times onward," he said. "We also have been divided into a vast sea of isolated individual families. We have become divided emotionally, isolated by sex, and in addition by the boundaries of our marriages. We have become so deeply divided along all of these lines that it has become difficult, if not impossible, for people to be honest with themselves in appreciating one another. We have become surrounded by barriers and boundaries which interpose themselves into the way of love. The very concept of love has become eroded thereby. Pete, we have to change this platform before we can even hope to uplift humanity to the point where the threat of nuclear war becomes obsolete. We have to deal with the phenomenon of human isolation at every level, but we need to begin at the grassroots level, and not just at the political level."
      "You mean, allowing ourselves to become enveloped in love?" I asked.
      Steve paused for a moment, then nodded. "That's a shockingly difficult challenge," he continued. "It is. Believe me, I am fully aware of that. I also know that this challenge must be met in the most intelligent manner possible. It takes a lot of daring and honesty, and affection, to allow oneself to love more fully in contradiction to all the conventions of the world - to allow oneself to be enveloped in love, as you have put it."
      Steve raised himself up. "Pete, I am not a genius," he said, "but I can tell you this. The division that isolates humanity from one another is repulsive. No fundamental principle of natural law supports it. It is the absolute opposite to what we were talking about earlier. The choice that humanity is facing is between becoming isolated into tiny enclaves to be destroyed, or becoming one universal whole of autonomous individuals in an intelligent unity bound by a community of principle. That principle cannot be anything less than love, as utopian as this may sound."
      Steve paused again. The aroma of coffee drifted out of the kitchen.
      "No other choice exists, Pete, than the one before us," he added as he turned towards the kitchen. "Whether humanity lives and has a great future ahead of it, or dies in series upon series of chaos, depends on people making this choice. So, we must look at our past in this light, and at our present. We must question everything, every bond, every tradition, every axiom: How do they relate to the principle of love, or universal love as you said yourself? How do they advance the unity between human beings? Nothing else is important."

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