Story 2a - In the Brilliance of a Night
"Ok, have it your way," said Steve and opened the curtains again.
"Still, I am right. What happened last night was a breakthrough into the
complex domain, as Gauss would say, unfolding in the sphere of love. That is
of historic significance!"
Ushi punched him gently. "Don't make fun
"I am totally serious," he said and
began to grin. "What happened last night is of historic significance.
Your beaming faces are a part of the proof of it."
"Sure, sure," said Ushi in reply and
laughed, then shook her head.
"Of course you are right," Steve
replied. "I agree, we didn't get very far in proving anything. Still, a
huge breakthrough was made."
Steve turned to me. "You had asked me a
question last evening over supper: What is universal love? Remember, I gave
you no answer, but we talked about it all evening till late into the night. We
talked about it in terms of it being a universal principle that underlies
civilization itself. We also recognized it as the most essential principle to
build a new world on. In fact it came to light as the only possible platform
we can have on which we can survive in the nuclear age. The knowledge for
building nuclear weapons will always be with us. Our challenge is to build a
world in which this knowledge will be forever inconsequential as nobody would
ever think of using it; and this not out of fear, but from a positive
perspective that is anchored in love. The Principle of universal Love appears
to be the foundation for that platform, a platform for building that new world
on in which can survive in the nuclear age and create a bright future for the
whole of humanity."
"Can you be certain that the Principle of
universal Love can support that platform for building a whole new world
on?" asked Ushi. "I agree, we really don't have anything else that
offer any hope, and Peter says the same thing in many different ways, but can
we be sure that our assumption is truthful? Were is the proof? How can we
prove this to ourselves?"
"I don't think we have such a proof,"
I answered. "We have an idea that this might be so, but can we prove the
idea to be truthful so that we can build a whole new world on?" I shook
my head. "I don't think we can do this. Maybe it is not possible. On the
other hand it doesn't seem to be enough just to throw out a proposition and
expect to have humanity take it on faith and establish a civilization on it,
on faith. That's not a valid scientific approach, isn't it?"
Ushi applauded and embraced me and even
rewarded me with a kiss.
"Pete is totally right," she said to
Steve. "If we were to do that, we would be no better than Euler and
Lagrange who presented humanity with advanced mathematical concepts and
expected everybody to accept them on faith, because the didn't bother, or
didn't know how, or were not allowed to develop the proof. Pete is right, we
mustn't fall into this trap. The whole world may be stuck in this trap, but
this is no excuse for us to go the same route. The entire world is taking
virtually everything on faith, without demanding any proof for anything, and
so humanity has opened itself up to be spoon fed with a heavy diet of lies.
Those lies are now destroying our civilization. We've got to get away from
that notion of accepting anything on faith. We are human beings. We don't have
to stoop that low. We have the capacity not only to discover universal
principles, but we also have the capacity to develop proof of these
principles. We can develop that proof beyond the shadow of a doubt in a
visible, tangible manner, just like the slave boy did in Plato's Meno dialog,
or as Gauss did in his refutation of Euler with this proof of algebra in
Steve just nodded and smiled.
"Hold it!" I interrupted Ushi.
"What on earth are you talking about? Who is Euler, who is Lagrange, who
is Meno. I have heard the name Gauss before, in connection with magnetic
fields. I think he was some kind of genius, right?"
"Forgive us," said Steve. "We
talk like that quite often. Yes, Ushi is right. We have no positive proof that
our proposition of the Principle of universal Love is truthful. Surely, can
agree with that. We have no proof for anything that we talked about last
night. So let me ask you, Peter: Is it possible to develop that proof? And I
mean positive, irrefutable proof of the truthfulness of our idea. So, what do
shook my head. "I think that may not be possible. On the other hand, we
all have experienced something positive last night. You said yourself, we have
made a breakthrough of historic significance. I tend to agree with that."
"This, we have made," Steve replied.
"We have acted on the assumption that the Principle of universal Love is
one of the fundamental principles of the universe, which we believe that our
civilization is already reflecting to some degree. So we dared to embrace this
Principle more fully. We stood up to be counted, and the results were
tremendous. At least I think they were. Your beaming faces seem to prove that
there is something truthful about that idea, just look at yourself, you are
all smiles. And I am smiling too, Peter, as you may have noticed. I have dared
to take a stand for our humanity. It is not in the nature of our humanity for
one human being wanting to own another's life. That's not love, Peter. I have
formed the proposition that our humanity is defined by love, a love that
enriches one another, and thereby enriches our world. When it became plain to
me that you fell deeply in love with Ushi, I saw an opportunity to help us all
to let our humanity unfold in this sphere in which we enrich one another. Oh,
yes, I became enriched too. I have been able to prove to myself that it is
possible for a person to step into the complex domain where universal
principles define the reality of our being, rather than age old traditions and
axioms for which we have no proof of their truthfulness, though we have lived
with these traditions and axioms for a very long time. Just because a certain
axiom has been accepted for thousands of years and by millions of people,
doesn't prove the truthfulness of the underlying idea. It is just as possible
that those millions of people were all embracing the same falsehood, and this
for thousands of years. That's the notion that I have stepped away from last
night, as we all have, to a higher perception of love as a universal
principle. This has never been done before, consciously. That was a huge,
historic breakthrough event. And, yes Peter, we have proven something, a tiny
bit of something along the line of coming to terms with the Principle of
universal Love; but for the Principle itself, we have no proof. That needs yet
to be developed."
"You asked about Meno," Ushi took
over. "Plato wrote a story about how his friend Socrates guided a slave
boy, without any teaching, to prove the existence of a universal principle,
which the boy accomplished out of his own resources, and proved to himself
that his proposition is truthful beyond the shadow of a doubt. He delivered
visual, self-evident proof. Socrates had drawn a square, a simple four sided
square, and had asked a few questions about it. He had also asked the boy if
he thought it to be possible to create from this square, another square that
is double the size in total area. The boy said yes, and went ahead and tried
different approaches, and then he came to a dead end. Finally, he said that it
can't be done. At this point Socrates asked him to look again. he suggested
that he divide the original square diagonally, and see what happens. As the
boy did this, based on all the principles that he had discovered before, the
answer for creating a double sized square unfolded before his very eyes. He
recognized the principle involved, and he recognized that the proof was
irrefutable since he could see it with his very own eyes, but from a higher
standpoint. That is the kind of proof of truthfulness that we need to develop
for the Principle of universal Love."