“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Q: Why does Teilhard de Chardin compare harnessing love to discovering fire?
A: Because fire changed everything, and so will love, if we ever learn to understand it, teach it, and thus drastically increase its presence in our relationships and institutions.
Q: Which institutions will it change?
A: All of them.
Consider these insightful quotes about education:
“Students who are loved at home come to school to learn, and students who aren’t, come to school to be loved.” – Nicholas Ferroni
And these about business:
Imagine what a politician could do when motivated by the highest, most satisfying ideal:
A man died and went before God. The man said, “Don’t you know what is going on down there?! There’s poverty, crime, racism, war, hatred, and sickness! Why didn’t you send help?!” God replied, “I did. I sent you.”
Even the pain of addictions, which is really a struggle to find peace, can be eased and replaced by love’s connecting power.
“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” – Victor Hugo
“When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits – anything that kept me small. My judgement called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.” – Kim McMillen
Q: When will this happen? When will we learn to “harness the energies of love”?
A: Why not right now? It’s high time. The University of Love will show the way. That’s our goal.