Love is all you need

While speaking with a yoga teacher and friend several weeks ago, I said, “Love is all you need.” She replied, “No, you need more than love”, in the context of relationships. I insisted, “Love is all you need.” I believe Love is all we need, when it comes to relationships. But what in the world does not involve relationships?

Work is about relationships. Everything we do in the world has to do with relationships, including relationships with ourselves. Even business is primarily about relationships, not money although we often love money more than people, creating all kinds of evil. If the love of money is the root of all evil, perhaps the love of people is the source of all good in our world?

No we do not need more than love. Love is not a feeling although it produces affection. Love is not an emotion although it creates emotions, including of course, anger, when necessary. Love may seem weak and insufficient but nothing could be farther from the truth.

Love is a spirit, the very nature of The Holy Spirit. Love motivates one to work only for the good, not the ill of another, at any cost. Love is the greatest motivator known to man and it transcends death. Love causes people to count not their lives worth preserving, in the pursuit of an objective.

Love is the highest form of intelligence. When we love ourselves and others, we are being the wisest we can be. When we forgive wrongs, we are not just being morally correct, we are acting from the highest form of intelligence and omnipotence. One reason Love forgives unreservedly is that Love is infinitely creative. Love transforms hurts into blessings, making bitterness and unforgiveness unnecessary.

Love moved Jesus Christ to lay down His life with no guarantees humanly speaking, of returns on investment. In the process of being crucified, He readily forgave His crucifiers. Love used the brokenness Jesus suffered, to heal our brokenness. That is the nature of Love. When we “unforgive” others and are bitter towards those who hurt us, we are being ignorant of the omnipotence of Love and the opportunity occasioned by offense.

I believe Love is what was meant when the Persian poet Rumi said, “Out beyond ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing, there is a field, I will meet you there.” I believe Love is that field.

Love is The Source of all spirit and matter. Love is the source of the universe in which we dwell. Love is infinitely creative. Love is the source of all great and enduring acts.

Love does not need you to be beautiful, it beautifies. Love does not need you to be wealthy, it enriches. Love does not need you to be healthy, it heals. Love does not need you to be clean, it cleanses. When Love is applied to the ugly and the messy, it transforms them. When Love enters formlessness and chaos, order ensues.

All we need is Love. All that is missing in our world is Love. Love does not flee from brokenness, love heals brokenness. The one thing required to transform individuals, organizations, societies and nations, is Love. When a person motivated by Love enters a situation, true transformation ensues and decadence is reversed on an individual and a societal level.

Jesus is my primary example when it comes to Love. Scripture curiously precedes his miracles with, “He was moved with compassion.” Love raised Lazarus from death. Love brought together the creative energy that produced thousands of loaves and fishes without the need for the contraptions we call infrastructures and resources. Love produced pure wine at a wedding. Love healed multitudes without the need for hospitals.

True compassion among healthcare providers will go much farther than decades of medical knowledge and investment in healthcare facilities.

Love is all we need.

Lust and greed which are offspring of Fear, Love’s opposite, are what we must be rid of. Lust thrives on existing beauty and when lust is done, ugliness is left behind. Lust naturally consumes and cannot create. Greed, upon which our economic system is based, thrives on existing value. When greed ravages a place, it leaves behind waste and devastation where there was once value. Like lust, greed naturally consumes and cannot create.

Greed maximizes value while love creates and multiplies value. Greed is impotent when there is apparent nothingness, but that is when Love comes alive because Love creates. Love meets you broken, impoverished and tattered and leaves you whole, abundant and beautiful. When Love invades a place, it leaves behind beauty and wholeness. Love embraces brokenness and ugliness because it gets to bring out beauty. This is why I call Love the All-purpose Cleaner.

With Love, nothing is hopeless. With Love, all things are possible, at any level.

Love, is all you need.

10 thoughts on “Love is all you need

  1. Tolulope, I LOVE this. I will post it on Facebook. I have one problem with your musing, however. You say, “Greed, upon which our economic system is based…” Of what economic system are you speaking? Certainly not capitalism, or as it is more precisely called, laissez-faire, or free markets. (And at this point I usually ask of its critics,” What is it about freedom that you do not like?)

    Without disputing any of your claims for the power of love, I must point out to you that laissez faire is obviously a gift from God, for it has divine-like power to turn greed, a thing that is bad, into somethings that good, like jobs and products consumers buy. Although I doubt that many entrepreneurs like you are motivated in their business ventures by greed, laissez faire has the power to turn the work of an entrepreneur who is motivated by greed into something of perhaps great benefit to the many consumers of his or her product or service. Because no one really knows what motivates another person, if you are attributing greed to all of your fellow entrepreneurs, I feel you do many of them a disservice. The free market, a gift of love from God, is capable of putting even the greedy to work for the common good. Now that’s a miracle worthy of Jesus himself.

    • Thank you Ned for sharing on Facebook and for your thoughtful comments. This comment is almost a blog post by itself.

      There is nothing about freedom I do not like. Freedom is at the root of how I live and work. I have written quite a bit about freedom on this blog and on my company blog. I believe in freedom as a gift from God.

      I think our economic system has the potential to create a lot of good if it is not driven by self interest which leads to greed. To the best of my knowledge, modern economics relies on self interested individuals pursuing their objectives and assumes that perfection (a perfect market) will ensue as a result. That is clearly not the case in our world. And I am not saying all entrepreneurs are driven by self interest. I know many who are not. It is possible to be an entrepreneur in this economic system and not be driven by greed just as it is possible to be in the world and not be of it.

      Yes free markets allow for creation of goods and services that benefit people but there is an underbelly that is largely ignored. I believe that underbelly is the truth about our economic system. It is a system where money is loved more than people. And when money is loved more than people, the result is all kinds of evil as we have today.

      For example, we make smart phones that give us the benefit of untethered communication but the workers who make those phones endure almost unimaginable abuses. I also observe that terminal diseases are largely unheard of in places that have not been exposed to globalization with its attendant modern packaged foods. Obesity is on the rise now in China I believe mostly because there are now many fast food outlets there since opening up to free markets. This phenomenon does not exist in places that remain “backward”.

      John Maynard Keynes, one of the fathers of modern economics said, “When the accumulation of wealth is no longer of high social importance, there will be great changes in the code of morals…The love of money as a possession — as distinguished from the love of money as a means to the enjoyments and realities of life — will be recognised for what it is, a somewhat disgusting morbidity, one of those semi-criminal, semi-pathological propensities which one hands over with a shudder to the specialists in mental disease …” He however said that the time for that is not yet and that, “for at least another hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to everyone that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is not. Avarice and usury and precaution must be our gods for a little longer still. For only they can lead us out of the tunnel of economic necessity into daylight.”

      I am not advocating for any ‘ism over another. I am simply saying that love makes the world better and avarice creates all kinds of evil regardless of which ‘ism within which it manifests. I think self interest, the basis of modern economics, produces avarice very quickly. Thanks again Ned.

  2. Tolulope, “For example, we make smart phones that give us the benefit of untethered communication but the workers who make those phones endure almost unimaginable abuses.”

    Why do they choose to work and endure almost unimaginable abuses? Could it be that their only alternative involves even worse abuses, or are they chattel slaves? Is not the phone they build a source of income greater than they could otherwise earn? I do not excuse their employer, but I do object to such criticisms from anyone unwilling or unable to offer those workers a better alternative.

    The phenomena you mention and attribute to free markets are indeed consequences that may come with greater freedom, because freedom requires responsibility, and those who through ignorance or sloth do not accept responsibility for themselves are bound to suffer. However, if the alternative is less freedom, not only would most people strenuously object to the government or any other busybody restricting their freedom in the name of (and it is usually in name only) better health, but their lot would likely be worse regardless of the benefits they exchanged for their freedom because freedom has many intangible benefits. Dependency on the uncaring state is a horrible fate, which here in the USA probably inflicts more victims than does poverty.

    When you quote John Maynard Keynes to me, I am inclined to suspect your economic education has been tainted by so-called (but it really isn’t) “progressive” indoctrination. Keynes also famously said, “Government spending [including deficit spending] can turn stones into bread.” Sounds like manna from heaven, doesn’t it? Keynes professed to be an atheist but wasn’t. His religion was obviously Statolatry. Keynes believed the state possessed powers that Jesus would attribute only to his Father, whereas I believe the state is the embodiment of evil–because all that it does is predicated and dependent on its monopoly on the sanctioned use of force, coercion and ultimately violence. When Satan tempted Jesus with all the authority and glory of the kingdoms of the world he said that the authority was given to him to give to whomsoever he choose. And while Satan is a notorious liar, skillful liars always ladle their deceit with some truth. Jesus did not dispute the devil’s claim, and if it wasn’t so it wouldn’t have constituted a temptation, which the Bible said it was. (Luke 4, I think)

    Have you ever actually read Keynes’ General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money? I suspect very few Keynesians have, for if they did read it chances are they wouldn’t be Keynesians. Have you ever read Keynes’ Nazi-fawning forward to the German edition of the GT, which was obviously an appeal to Adolf Hitler to pursue the policies recommended by his GT. In fact Hitler did just that, and Nazi Germany relieved its Depression-era unemployment sooner than any other industrial nation. Of course his policies and employment statistics didn’t mean much to non-Aryans, nor even to German Aryans in the long run–which is what most concerns honorable economists.

    I agree with your indictment of the love of money, but what has that to do with freedom and free markets? The love of government as we know it (viz., some men or women ruling other men and women by force) is an even more disgusting and pathological morbidity, for it is equivalent to worshiping violence–Satan’s ultimate tool–and thereby indirectly worshiping Satan himself. Those whose religion is Statolatry, and their numbers are legion, have a full-blown (not semi-) pathology, and commit the felony crime of extortion to fund their worshipful state. (Taxation is indistinguishable from the extortion practiced by the Mafia, except the former is institutionalized and exponentially more lucrative.) Tolulope, you really should read Murray Rothbard’s short biography entitled, KEYNES THE MAN. You might not be so quick to use him or any of his writings as an authority.

    Self-interest, rightly understood, can and I think will lead to devotion to God as well as to the wisdom and way of Jesus of Nazareth, who was, I think, the original non-violent anarchist and tax denier–to use a term coined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

    In conclusion I must say, if you have any dependence on the state or any close relationship to or with any agent(s) of the state, cognitive dissonance may persuade you that I am talking nonsense.

    Thank you again for your profound musings on love. May love consume you, Ned.

    • Thanks again for your comments Ned. I am actually not a Keynesian, I just found there is some truth to that statement of his. I am not a believer in the State over free enterprise and I do not think self interest will lead to devotion to God. And I do not think you are talking nonsense Ned.

      All I am saying and will continue to say is that Love, is all we need. Wherever Love exists à la 1Cor13, it is as good as Christ himself who is the embodiment of Love. My belief about Love comes from 1Cor13, where among others, it says “Love is not self-seeking”. My understanding is that self-seeking is the seeking of one’s own interest.

      Whatever is not of Love is not of God because God is Love. Where Love is absent, God is absent whether in a church, in free enterprise or in an agency of the state. Where Love is present, God is present. Where there is self interest, I believe there is no love because love is not self-seeking. I am willing to learn more about this especially because Love surpasses what we can mentally grasp.

      My focus is on Love not on theories of economics which I must admit I do not know a lot about although while doing my MBA I proposed a different kind of economics based on Love rather than self interest. I find that self interest is destructive while love is creative. I think self interest leads to avarice very quickly.

      I just find that Love simplifies our lives, cuts through the complications of the theories I was exposed to in business school and has an immediacy to it. Love asks me to be truthful, kind, patient and graceful, etc with my neighbor, whomever I am dealing with here and now, even in this very exchange. Even when I speak the truth, Love should be the container.

      Thanks again for this exchange. Amen to your prayer. May Love consume you too.

    • Thank you Ned for this. I did read Paul’s remarks. Very well said. There is no doubt that the state has done much evil and will continue to. It is not ruled by Love. I think it is important to see where things could be better and not only draw attention to them but more importantly participate in making them better. Followers of Christ are after all the light of the world and the salt of the earth. Christ was neither part of the state nor part of that period’s version of free enterprise. He simply proclaimed the Kingdom of God, the God who is Love. Thank you again for the link.

      • Tolulope, If love can accomplish all of those good things you mention and Jennifer reiterates, and I agree it can, is it not in you own self-interest to love? Semantics may be the source of our insignificant disagreement.

        There was no version of free enterprise when Jesus trod the earth. His wisdom pointed the way to it.

        • First thank you for a respectful exchange Ned. Yes there may be semantics issues. I believe it is in my best interest to love. Perhaps we can say if my sense of self has expanded to include others, then self interest and love are the same because then I love others as I love myself. I thought it was easier to just love, period. And that self interest focuses on “I” so much I have no way of seeing my brother’s need. I want to learn more.

          As regards Jesus’ version of free enterprise, I was referring to the money changers and the sellers of goods and services in the era. I think we have had some semblance of free enterprise for a while, where people can engage in some kind of trade and exchange and derive profit in the process. I do not think markets are new.

          And I agree that Jesus’ wisdom is the way. I have written a little about how he did not tap into the markets when he could in order to meet real needs that His wisdom could meet better than the markets. And I love markets. I function in them daily. I think they will be a lot more beneficial if all players are driven by the Wisdom of Christ, which comes from Love.

          Thanks again Ned for this rich exchange.

  3. My best reflection today, “Love does not need you to be beautiful, it beautifies. Love does not need you to be wealthy, it enriches. Love does not need you to be healthy, it heals. Love does not need you to be clean, it cleanses. When Love is applied to the ugly and the messy, it transforms them. When Love enters formlessness and chaos, order ensues. Love is all we need.”

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