ONE LOVE: The meaning of life

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What is the meaning of life?

It’s an important question but unfortunately not one people ask themselves very often

Timothy Leary says:

Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities — the political, the religious, the educational authorities — who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing — forming in our minds — their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable open-mindedness, chaotic, confused vulnerability to inform yourself

What people need is more personal reflection into important matters and to share their views more openly with each other. For this reason I’m sharing mine

To unpack the discussion, we first need to talk about what I believe to be the key that will open up the world to this concept of ONE LOVE

Although it may sound counterintuitive …

Suffering is the key

Although we’ve all experienced suffering in our lives, very few understand that suffering actually yields positive change

This understanding is thousands of years old. It can be seen in some of the early ideas of the ancient Hebrews, Greeks, and early Christians, as well as some of the teachings of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and the Baha’i Faith which contain elements of the transformative power of suffering

From a clinical perspective, Post Traumatic Growth shows that a rise to a higher level of functioning is achieved by those who experience suffering in their lives

Suffering is necessary for personal growth but more importantly it helps one develop critical qualities through its transformative process

One of the most renowned spiritual teachers of our time Eckhart Tolle says:

If you had not suffered as you have, there would be no depth to you as a human being, no humility, no compassion

I believe it’s this internal development of compassion that is so important and that we are exactly where we are supposed to be — on a perfect trajectory to an ultimate destination, and …

Compassion is the vehicle

Wikipedia says that “compassion involves allowing ourselves to be moved by suffering, and experiencing the motivation to help alleviate and prevent it”

This resulting force from compassion, is love

The Dalai Lama says:

Before we can generate compassion and love, it is important to have a clear understanding of what we understand compassion and love to be. In simple terms, compassion and love can be defined as positive thoughts and feelings that give rise to such essential things in life as hope, courage, determination, and inner strength. In the Buddhist tradition, compassion and love are seen as two aspects of the same thing: Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness

Compassion and love are two sides of the same coin

Once we’ve reached the point of compassion, we finally start to embody who we really are

Love is the reason

In a world that can be scary at times it’s truly love that is our common denominator

But although we’ve begun to exemplify love we haven’t yet come close to reaching our full potential because we haven’t yet come close to fully experiencing our ultimate gift — Infinity

Infinity is the catalyst

Given that humanity is able to rise above suffering, to reach a point where we emit compassion and love in our short human experience, how much more so given infinite life

Thanks to the transformative effect of suffering, the resulting quality of compassion and the gift of infinite life we will eventually reach a time where all sentient beings and the all encompassing universe will be … love