On Love.

The day will come when, after harnessing the ether, the winds, the tides, gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.
— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Brothers & Sisters,

Everything changed when humans discovered fire. In an instant, the world became a different place. How many other times in our history has this happened? I would argue that since the discovery of fire there hasn't been an event of that magnitude since. Sure, computers, automobiles, electricity, and other things were discovered that have changed our lives drastically but none so much as the discovery of fire. Father Pierre was onto something when he spoke about harnessing the energies of love. I've been thinking about the quote mentioned above for quite some time now. There are so many layers to peel back but let us just talk about love and see where it takes us.

I am sure that most people think they have a decent grasp on what love. We've (hopefully) been shown love from an early age and throughout our lives. The way a newborn looks at their parents for the first time, the way a young child looks into their parent's eyes after they fall, the great things we do for one another, I could go on and on. We've all felt love at some level before, there's no mistaking that at all. What if we looked at love as more than a feeling we have? How do we even start to peel back the layers? How does one harness the energy of love for the world? Sure, we can be charitable towards others, show compassion, give hope, or just a smile but something in me says there has to be something more than that.

What if instead of using love to make ourselves feel better we used it to lift others up? Is the aura that some people give off that we perceive as joy actually love? Maybe it is, and we've been wrong all along. What if the power of love was right under our noses all along just like fire was ages ago? And if that's the case then perhaps we actually have no idea what love really is, and this feeling we get is something else entirely that we've mislabeled. Much like early humans had no idea what fire actually was until they first harnessed it with their own bare hands.

I'm going to noodle on this notion more and revisit these ideas soon in much more depth. For now let us lift up those around us, spread joy where ever we may go and show each other love in the current state that we hold onto. I have a feeling much like Father Pierre did that when we figure this love thing out the world will change for the better and that fire will be kindled in us once again.

Yours,
Jeff

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