that what a scientist does every day?" Steve replied.
shrugged my shoulders.
look for God," he said. "By definition, religion is an instrument
for finding Truth. But by nature, Truth is absolute. That is something that
no man can ever fully reach, because the Universe that we behold is
constantly expanding. Truth is something we can only strive towards and
understand its shades and color as we move along and apply our
understanding. Our glass is never as full as it could be. There is always
more to be discovered, which can be understood. There will never be an end
to this process of filling our world with ever greater light."
my glass, smiled at Ushi, and suggested we drink to that. So, we drank to
grinned at me. "Most priests, religions, and institutions, literally
prevent you from filling your glass, but freedom requires that one's glass
be filled to the brim and be overflowing. This presents a great
challenge," he said, raising his glass again.
drank to that, too.
lives depend on our glasses being as full as they can be," he said as
he put his glass down.
have looked at him with a blank stare. What did he mean? He didn't refill
a natural phenomenon," Steve explained. He insisted that we take a
moment to think about that.
shrugged my shoulders. Ushi didn't say anything.
stood up and raised his glass as if it were for another toast.
"Oligarchies are very poor," Steve continued, "their glasses
are empty; they are never free; they are constantly struggling to manipulate
the world in order that they may have their glasses filled for them by the
labors of other people. This is becoming evermore precarious for them. They
steal, loot, and plunder, but nothing happens that fills their glasses. In a
sense, they are desperately poor in spite of their stolen riches, or because
of them. This vital point they cannot understand. That is why they steal
more and more. They are determined to continue down this road until they own
the whole world and everyone else is dead."
paused and reached for the bottle and filled his glass up just a pinch more.
Then he continued his lecture.
oligarchy cannot understand what makes humanity truly rich," he said.
"What makes us rich is not what we take from the cup, but what we put
into the cup out of the riches of our human Soul, our intellect, our
ingenuity, wisdom, caring, etc. Our glasses contain only what we create for
ourselves, what we discover of ourselves, what we enable ourselves to be,
and the joy that we find in the beauty and the strength of one-another and
of the whole of humanity. Our glasses contain all that. One might call it
the substance of Love."
turned to me and said. "You must never forget this little parable,
Peter, because it embraces everything. What the world calls God, I recognize
as the creative Principle of the Universe, the root of its existence.
Everything that exists in the Universe unfolds from this Principle expressed
by Intelligence, from the greatest clusters of galaxies to the tiniest part
of a particle of an atom. Everything is ordered by universal principles that
are aspects of the Principle of the Universe. And it is all exceedingly
intelligently arranged. The Universe manifests one Principle universally. It
does this in an extremely harmonizing manner, which I call Love. Love then
is the substance of the Universe, and Intelligence is the reason for its
being, and by reflection, our being. Our universal humanity manifests this
one Principle to the fullest, whose Spirit is Love, as far as we comprehend
it. It renders us the tallest expression of Life on our planet. The
principle of our humanity, therefore, is Love. Love is its name. We live
put his wineglass down and reached for a slice of lemon that he had prepared
for his soda water. He held it high. "If I squeeze the lemon, what do I
get out of it?" he asked. "I get lemon juice, right, because that
is what is in it? Now if I touch a human being, what do I get? Well, unless
our humanity has dried up in the desert of sophistry, hate, mutilation, and
slander, I'll find myself surrounded by expressions of Love. The name of our
humanity is Love, among other such elements of the Sublime as I had listed
like Principle, Mind, Life, Soul, Truth, and Spirit?" I interjected.
looked at me for a few moments in silence. "We radiate all of that,
because it is the substance of our being," he continued. "All
aspects of the Sublime are a part of the design of the Intelligence that
shapes the Universe. If we touch a human being, that is what we get. We get
a manifestation of the Principle of the Universe, and that Principle is
includes a whole lot, I agree," I said quietly.
find in it the substance of good," said Steve, "and we rejoice
with a great joy over it, which is an expression of Love. However, in order
to live Love, it has to be alive in us. The Principle of the Universe has to
be our Life, consciously, including everything that pertains to it. Then
loving will be the natural result. However, this loving must be a joy for
what we are. It must manifests the joy that we find in our own humanity. Joy
manifests our self-loving as an expression of universal Love. It expresses
these in the highest possible sense, as the tallest expression of Life in
our Universe. It defines us as a spiritual species with near boundless
capacities and potentials. There is so much to be in Love with in our
humanity, because Love pervades everything, Peter. That is why it's
unfolding, borders on the miraculous. Our joy in Love, Peter, fills our
glasses. Nothing else does. It becomes a radiant sun that enriches the
Universe around us. That is why I say that what we put into our glasses is
the substance of our humanity and our being in Love with it. That's what
counts and enriches our living. The rest is secondary."
the rest isn't secondary," I countered him. "By what you have been
saying, there isn't anything else. The world is filled with problems, but
they all have one root. The war of empire versus civilization is wide and
encompasses many fields and many fronts, but they all have one common
factor, which is their denial of the Sublime, the denial of our humanity,
the denial of anything that matters. The biggest failure that we make is
that we are fighting on these fronts where nothing really matters. We get
locked into meaningless single issues if we are fighting at all. When we are
fighting little single issues we get lost in the back-alleys without ever
hitting the core issue. I think we can only hope to win by developing what
really counts on all of these fronts. I don't think there is a secondary
front. The one thing that counts everywhere, I think, is our humanity. Bur
we must develop it scientifically. When we address all of the challenging
issues at once in a fundamental way, maybe we can actually win. But for that
we have to be honest with ourselves about everything that pertains to our
humanity, even sex, even when facing the Truth poses a challenge."
just smiled. He looked at me, taking hold again of his still half-empty
glass and asked us if we were all satisfied to have our glass only half
full. He said, that one should never be satisfied with that, because that
would be dangerous according to what he had just said. Then he continued his
lecture, holding up his near empty glass.
comes the part that very few people understand," he said. "If we
only embrace science and knowledge and discoveries, our glasses will always
remain half empty, because our knowledge, our science, and our discoveries
will forever be incomplete. There will always be a higher hypothesis
superseding the highest hypothesis that has been created. Our understanding
of the absolute is never full."
smiled at me. "But Love, my friend, has no such limits. Love is
boundless at every moment. The Sublime has no limits. God has no limits. No
limits are imposed onto our loving in appreciation for our humanity and
one-another. Love is an infinite source and a presence that fills our
glasses right to the brim and lets them overflow at every moment of our
life. This flood, of course, doesn't reflect how well we ARE loved, but how
well we DO love. To be in Love, means to be joyous;" he added. "It
means to be joyous with appreciation for the beauty of our humanity that we
find within and see reflected also in one-another."
have much to be joyous about," said Steve to Ushi. "This is what
fills our glasses," he said emphatically to both of us, "and our
glasses will be overflowing. Indeed, we expect them to be overflowing
constantly, to be flooding the whole world with the substance of Love.
Naturally, as our glasses overflow, we thereby enrich one-another's
existence with the outflow of our loving. This is what happens naturally
when we begin to be in Love universally. It is a natural process. This
process defines what it means to live as a human being."
then turned to me and smiled. "Be careful, Peter, to never limit the
flow of your loving, or anyone else's. Never create the slightest barriers
that inhibit the power of your loving, or another person's. You must become
sensitive to this requirement, because such barriers are all too easily
created, especially against the loving of those whom we profess to love the
most. Don't let your marriage ideals create boundaries that would hinder
your wife in developing herself to experience the fullness of her being in
Love in her daily living."
raised his glass again. "Remember, our cup must be overflowing, because
that is what it means to be human. Everyone's cup must be overflowing if the
substance of our humanity is to be a light by which the whole world becomes
enriched. Then, and only then, can we hope that as we inspire the same flow
in others across all boundaries and creeds, and numerous divisions, that the
need for nuclear weapons will fall away. Only then can we allow ourselves to
turned to me again. "The worst thing we can do," he said, "is
to build barriers against another person's loving, or against our own. If we
do this, there will be no light and our world will drift into a Dark Age.
This drifting into darkness has already begun around the world."
sat down after his speech. He sat down without taking another sip.
"That's why I won't fill your glasses," he said and grinned.
"This responsibility belongs to you." He reached for the bottle
and gave it to me.
no flooding, please," Ushi requested, and laughed. We all laughed at
said that his analogy wasn't intended to become messy.
the bottle with a smile. I would have been lying if I had said that I wasn't
impressed by Steve's speech. Except he stopped short of answering the two
questions that puzzled me the most. I put the bottle back onto the table.
Its time had not yet come.
what really is universal Love?" I said to him as I put the bottle down,
looking directly at him. He seemed surprised at the question. "Steve,
it has been said that the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia that ended eighty years
of war, was founded on a platform of universal Love. But what is universal
Love, Steve? And most of all, what is it in terms of our self-loving? Are
the two really the same? We've been throwing the terms around too casually.
How do we understand them at the leading edge of science?"