Unconditional Love

In the last article I talked about Prometheus as a symbol and archetype, a symbol of unconditional love to human beings. And I said that we need to develop this archetype inside each one of us to counteract the increasing selfishness and the rising ego. It is true that many people inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion, and elimination of ignorance, selfishness, and greed. The problems we face today, terrorism, destruction of nature, poverty, hunger, and so on, are human created problems which can be resolved through human effort, understanding, and a development of unconditional love. We need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share Dalai Lama once said: “Each of us must learn to work not just for oneself, one’s own family or nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace.” I believe this Universal responsibility is what we are developing through our World Wisdom Initiative. And through my humble experience and traveling to different cultures around the world I came to the conclusion that there is an emerging majority of humanity that are united as global citizens, intellectually at least. This was consolidated by a recent study, done by a psychologist named Sam McFarland, which finds that about 15% percent of people “see themselves first and foremost as members of the human race and care equally about all people of the world.” McFarland developed the Identification With All Humanity Scale (IWAH) to measure this global sense of caring. Moreover, when it comes down to real world everyday issues of human rights, justice, peaceful co-existence, equitable opportunity, and preserving a workable world our children can inherit, I believe the great majority of humanity is already on the same page. But creating unconditional love in this world is an active process that must be built on the foundation of the aware self, and recognition of the beautiful shared human experience. And let us know that what we practice, cultivate, and focus on is what grows.

World Wisdom Initiative

Humanity has reached a point in its history where the critical success factor is not food or water or innovation and creating wealth, though all of these are very important. I think what we need today and for the better of our future is wisdom.

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