by Scott Bradley
by Scott Bradley
"God is love." —John
The belief that "all is love" is one I frequently hear. I do not know what it means, however. It is somewhat understandable within the context of John's Christian theism where there is a personal creator-god who does and feels stuff. (Though I have a hard time reconciling this "love" with what he actually does and feels.) But for one who tends more toward a Tao that does nothing (though nothing is left undone) and feels nothing (though all things spontaneously arise and are nourished), this Love doctrine rings hollow.
I guess I tend more toward Tina Turner's "What's love got to do with it?" But since I truly have no clue about Reality, I wish to be open-minded here. So, I will quote another song, "I want to know what love is and I need you to show me." And if the Beatles had it right that "All you need is love", then I beg you to show me.
I admit to having often failed in love and to love, but still I am not a cynic who believes that "Love sucks." I still know it feels good and makes life a happier experience. I'm all for it. And I know that it has expressions other than romantic love (eros), such as a more general fellow-feeling (philos) and the unconditional, 'divine' love (agape) [much proclaimed, but never practiced.] But still I remain unable to assign any of these concepts or feelings to the Ultimate.
This is not really a problem, only it leaves me a bit flat-footed to hear this belief expressed by those more 'spiritual' than I, like when someone 'spiritual' recently asked me my sign. This is the spiritual equivalent of asking me if I am still beating my wife. How does one respond? Or, more apropos to this paragraph, it is like mixing three metaphors and expecting it to somehow make sense.
But that's the heart of it, I guess — it sounds warm and fuzzy, and really, really spiritual, but for me, it just doesn't make any sense. What is this Love? And who or what is doing (?) it? I need you to show me. You needn’t explain it (how could you?) — just show me.
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