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

Story 3a - Here Begins a New World.
page 239

      "The phrase means," Ross interjected, "that the principle of universal love that is the foundation of all civilization, without which we would not be in Caracas--which is deeply imbedded in our humanity--is that love that the author of that phrase called, divine Love. It most certainly is that. I would surely call it that if I had to give it a definition. Indeed, this 'divine' love, this universal love that is reflected in our humanity, if we will allow it to unfold, will meet every human need, now and forever, without exception, universally."
      Erica applauded him. "You are very perceptive," she said.
      "It is actually quite fundamental," said Fred. "That's the very thing we have been talking about, isn't it? If we don't find that divinity in us, as human beings, and express it in such scientific and cultural processes that elevate civilization and enrich our world beyond anything we can yet imagine, we will never meet our goals, we will never find the substance of love, because it exists no where else. This divinity is reflected in us, in all of us, in the whole of humanity. But what do most people do? They deny the wonders and the potentials of their humanity, and look with folded hands into the empty sky. Its actually rather simple to fulfill the human need. All we need to do, is utilize that divine Love that we already have within us, and let it unfold is miracle. Then, the world, literally lies at our feet. Divine Love is a profound Principle. Of course, one doesn't pray to a principle, one utilizes it. That is how we develop the human potential. That is how we shine, brighter than the brightest stars in the universe, isn't that so?"
      Erica nodded, and applauded him too.
      "In whatever form of our effort most effectively increase the potential population density of our planet, must be considered to be of value to us," said Ross, "because this increase in our potential invariably also increases our quality of life. Whatever processes fall outside of this criterion, must be considered as a waste."
      "The processes of war, for example, must be considered to be extremely wasteful," added Sylvia, "On the other hand, our cultural activities that develop the mind and the human genius, which are currently severely neglected, must be considered to be of the greatest value to us as a society of human beings."
      Fred applauded her. He stood up again in the hot tub and hugged her. He said that it should be considered wasteful by society, for instance, to construct elaborate mansions for oligarchs and their institutions and servants, in order for them have an opulent life. He suggested that this frivolous activity is a waste, because it does not enrich society, and if it doesn't enrich society and its civilization, it doesn't increase the potential population density of the world. That's why it is a waste. The human labor for building the mansion would be wasted as well, and the materials would be wasted, too. Even the food would wasted that the farmer grows that feeds the workers who build the mansion. And so, the farmer's labor, too, would be wasted, because nothing productive results from it in the end. Fred suggested that each person should take account of himself each night, to judge whether his having lived, and his labor, was wasted, or whether his having lived that day contributed something to enrich the world in which we all live together.
      Sylvia hugged Fred for his suggestion. She added that society should judge itself by this criterion in every instant. It should examine its habit of smoking, for instance, which leads to an early death, or the habit of getting drunk, or drug abuse, all of which do ultimately add up to be a waste of the human potential. Likewise, humanity should regard the weight of its ever-growing bureaucracy to be an immensely wasteful burden. Sylvia suggested that absolutely everything which hinders a society's productive self-development should be regarded as a total waste, and in extreme cases be considered a crime against humanity. Sylvia suggested that some day this category will include a whole lot of related aspects, such as mindless entertainment, destructive sports, not to mention destructive entertainment of the type that hinders or prevents the self-development of an individual. Nor will these crimes be punished. They simply will be universally avoided, as today the plaque is avoided.

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