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is a Culture of Love needed?
Love is necessary for the rescuing of the world. It is the only force which can bring peace between the nations. Love is beginning to appear; goodness, justice and light will triumph; it is only a matter of time. (Beinsa Douno)
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that. (Martin Luther King Jr.)
The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. (Albert Schweitzer)
The Divine Teaching consists of Love. How can one explain modern life, full of crimes, murders, disagreements and misunderstandings? By a lack of love! Only Divine Love is capable of ordering the world and inaugurating a new culture. All sufferings, illnesses and infirmities, whether bodily or social , which torment humanity stem from violation of the law of love. Mankind must recognise this error once and for all. (Beinsa Douno, Gems of Love and Wisdom, p.17)
The reason it is necessary to make all the laws that govern the relationships between human beings, is because they are not yet inhabited by love. When they know what true love is, when they live this love, in this love, they will no longer need laws constantly reminding them what they should do or should not do. Because they will spontaneously discover how to live in harmony with each other. Love is the only force that organizes things, which makes them grow and flourish. As soon as love enters a family, a community, a society, there is no need to say, ‘Do this, do that, and if you do not, beware!’ Everyone performs their tasks with pleasure. Where there is love, law has no more place. (O.M. Aïvanhov)
[On Terrorism:] We are still shocked by what has happened, but we will never give up our values. Our response is more democracy, more openness, and more humanity. We will answer hatred with love. (Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg following Anders Breivik's attacks in 2012, cited at BBC, posted 24 March 2016, accessed 25 March 2016)
We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools. (Martin Luther King Jr.)
If your religion requires that you hate someone, you need a new religion. (Seen on internet)
World-peace can be achieved when the power of love replaces the love of power. (Sri Chinmoy, Peace-Lovers, AUM publications)
A Culture of Love is needed because evolutionary science gives evidence that it is the most successful or 'fittest' survival strategy.
'Survival of the fittest' can mean any heritable trait that enables survival of species, whether camouflage or fecundity or intelligence or caring. Yet, traits like co-operation, sharing and compassion have been at the basis of the most dramatic steps in the history of all life. (See Michael Le Page, New Scientist, posted 16 April 2008, accessed 3 November 2016). Scientifically, this does not tell us how to behave - but morally, it surely does!
'Survival of the fittest' as a violent competitive process is a corruption of Darwinism. Industrialists like Andrew Carnegie believed that it justified an economy of vicious competition and inequality. This has given rise to a corporate, capitalist dominated world, which is actually threatening our survival and that of many species. Wealth sharing and co-operation are more consistent with Darwinism. (See Eric Michael Johnson, posted 3 May 2013, accessed 3 November 2016; also check out the ideas of Peter Kropotkin and his book Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution)
In The Descent of Man, Darwin only wrote twice about 'survival of the fittest', but wrote 95 times about the evolutionary drive of Love in all species (David Loye in Darwin in Love; also see Darwin's Lost Theory).
So, success is actually about 'survival of the most loving'. But we are living in that corporate capitalist economy with its inequality and unsustainable lifestyle...
In your heart, you do know what matters. But it is really difficult to live through your heart in our society, because we don’t have any reward for that. There’s no encouragement to do it, so it’s quite easy to get lost. And it isn’t until you have a real reality check that you then stop and see what matters. (Rebecca, Video #6 at BBC, dated 2016, accessed 1/12/2016)
Fuck work Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?... When work disappears, the genders produced by the labour market are blurred. When socially necessary labour declines, what we once called women’s work – education, healthcare, service – becomes our basic industry, not a ‘tertiary’ dimension of the measurable economy. The labour of love, caring for one another and learning how to be our brother’s keeper – socially beneficial labour – becomes not merely possible but eminently necessary, and not just within families, where affection is routinely available. No, I mean out there, in the wide, wide world. (James Livingston, Aeon, posted 25 November 2016, accessed 28 December 2016)
A Culture of Love avoids this sort of dystopian future, where AI makes us all useless and dumb. We will never become redundant or useless. We can ground the Spiritual World of Light and Love on Earth. Creativity is one way this happens. Another way is to Be Love Now, in simple daily acts. There is a far greater intelligence than AI or algorithms. It is called Love. (Bruce Mitchell)
Dr Stan Dale quotes:-
[Care Leavers:] In Scotland, young people in care are eight times more likely to be dead by age 25. At least 21% of care leavers become homeless within five years, and are three times more likely to be unemployed. There is no family safety net to fall back onto.
For many coming out of care, there is not enough emotional support. Many leave care in debt and are underprepared mentally, emotionally and financially. Aged 16, they are placed into flats with no narrative or structure of how their life could go. They've never had parents there to help them or show them the ropes.
Callum Lynch, who spent years of his childhood in care, says "It's about being placed into something supportive and nurturing in the first place. We can help them by teaching them to budget, but I think we need to put them in a setting which is more nurturing as opposed to systematic. That's what's going to make the real difference here." (Adapted from BBC, posted and accessed 12 October 2017)
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