Reading by Liz Helgesen (Download file)
I see so many people talking about the world's problems but so few talking about the solution to them: Love.
It really is that simple despite how complicated we often try to make it.
Pretty hard to keep a war going when people are focused on love. Pretty hard to have an economic crisis when people are cooperating together in love. Pretty hard to have supply chain issues and destroy the environment when people are engaging the earth with love.
And then some say: "Ah… but it is easy for you to say, because you have privilege!" But what good is privilege if it is not used for love? If the so-called privileged cannot even love then how can anyone else be expected to? I say it is the duty of the privileged to love, for if they don’t then they are not privileged to begin with!
Because the only true privilege in life is to love.
And then some say: "But there are many who would laugh at this idea… who would ridicule it… even fight it!" And I say to you: I have never heard a convincing argument against love. And I have never dreamed of a compelling future which does not include it. And anyone I’ve ever met who has lived without it is clearly in pain and suffering.
And then there are others still who say that this is high minded idealism and the reality is that we could never get everyone on board! And I say to them that humanity has never accomplished anything of value unless high minded idealism has been at play. And that history is filled with examples of small groups of idealistic, inspired people changing the world.
And further still I say that Love in human form is not a perfect state of being. It is a choice that you make over and over again. It is a commitment to a principle that you return to despite your inevitable deviations from it. It is a standard that you hold for all your decisions ... all your choices ... all your relationships ... That you measure them by, that you do your best to uphold even in the face of great pain, that you return to when you are lost.
This is Love.
And you will know when you have found it by the way that it feels.
Ultimately, this is humanity‘s only problem -- That we have become disconnected from this feeling of Love. All other issues find their roots here.
And it is thus our only true need -- to return to this feeling.
The world will do everything in its power to convince you otherwise. And it is trying its damndest right now.
Or, depending on how you look at it ... giving you infinitely more opportunity to embrace it at an entirely new level of depth.
Justin Faerman is a consciousness researcher and an entrepreneur.
SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to the notion that the solution to our world's problems is love? Can you share a personal story of a time you tried love as a solution to a problem? What helps you stay rooted in love?