ALL NARROWNESS LIMITS LOVE
True love is no game for the faint-hearted and the weak.
It is born of strength and understanding.
In its enthusiasm for the highest ideal, wise leadership can never
afford to lose sight of the relative and practical. Human evolution
proceeds by gradual stages from selfish violence to unselfish violence,
and then from non-violence of the brave to the pure and incorruptible
non-violence of truth as infinite love. Each individual exists at some
point in this succession, and his duty in time of war is indelibly
determined by that position.
All narrowness limits love. In the East, as in the rest of
the world, humanity is breaking itself into narrow groups
based upon caste, creed, race, nationality, religion or
culture. All this is due to ignorance, prejudice and
selfishness. It can only be mended by fostering a spirit of
mutuality which will derive its strength from a sense of the
inviolable unity of all life.
Creative leadership will have to recognize and then
emphasize the fact that all men are already united, not only
by their co-partnership in the great divine plan for the
earth, but also by the fact that they are all equally the
expression of the one life. No line of action can be really
fruitful unless it is in complete harmony with this truth.
There must be love for friend and foe, good will, patience
and forbearance. Man must try to remedy his own defects
instead of clamoring about the faults of others. The world
will soon realize that neither cults, creeds and ceremonies on
the one hand, nor passionate striving for material welfare on
the other, can ever bring about real happiness but that
selfless love and universal brotherhood can accomplish it.
The future of humanity is in the hands of those who have this vision,
and the role of the East in that future will be an irreplaceable one
if it knits its spiritual and human resources together into a creative
synthesis of its ancient heritage.
LISTEN, HUMANITY, pp. 143-144
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