Quite possibly the most mysterious force in the universe — Love...
So what exactly is it, or is it even definable?
Let's begin I suppose by discerning what love surely isn't...
It is not a rapacious desire for material wealth, it is not conditional, and it is not something that can be taken. It is not mere attraction, it is not thought-based satisfaction, and it is not even value-system reciprocity. Love could indeed be something much stronger and deeper than all the aforementioned combined. Maybe there is a hidden, yet fundamentally overshadowing awareness here that is so transparent it boggles the mind — 'Love is not take, Love is give'. I think if there ever was a universal mantra that enough of the human population could sign off on — this would be it.
Any relationship — whether it be human-human, human-nonhuman, human-environment, human-Earth — that venerates what you can take over what you can give — the direction in which the relationship inevitably follows reaches axiomatic tipping points, amounting to nefarious anti-sustainability and self-destructive discord.
This is when we will see a radical shift in human interaction, communication, evolution and vision of purpose — when it is incontrovertibly realized that our lives are only as good as the relationships we have with everything around us, including ourselves — when love is unquestionably upheld by the premise of giving, never expecting something in return. For, there is no transaction in the act of giving. It is just giving — a sovereign, non-coercive gesture of purest contribution with lucid intention to add vitality, wisdom and illumination to the infinitely expansive development of human consciousness and planetary sentience. If what is most highly valued is the gesture of giving itself; understood as being the quintessential, overarching currency upon which value is placed — then what unfolds undoubtedly is a social paradigm that is no longer fixated on everything being about narrow-minded acquisition, but instead being about invoking a co-creative, open-source 'co-contribution' if you will.
Ultimately, every human being on Earth has something precious to give. But our institutions of education (propaganda delivery machines) have systematically indoctrinated the collective unconscious to structurally repress the magic and potentiality of their unique gifts — even to the extent that the individual will be unconsciously forced to psychologically bury that which is eternally forbidden to realize. Bottom line — if your gift does not incorporate a method from which to be converted into abstract illusion, or doesn't support the ecocidal consumer economy, then the gift becomes something to be diffidently dismissed and internally invalidated — often to the point where the individual will intentionally suppress the gift out of fear of being marginalized by the brainwashed mob i.e the self-glorified guardians of the culturally sanctioned boundaries of our collapsing civilization.
In a paradigm wherein the dominant cultural consciousness is committed to love in this way — people won't initiate conversations with 'What do you do'? They will instead ask "What do you give"? They will not ask "How can we make the economy grow"? They will ask "How do we create an economy that aligns with Natural Law while enriching social benefit for all"? They will not ask "How are you"? They will ask "What are you creating"? They will not ask "What are you doing with yourself"? They will ask "How can we most efficiently collaborate to advance holistic planetary Intelligence without structural or conceptual inhibitions"?
When the operating system of a love-give paradigm is installed, that actually embraces fear rather than being supplanted by it; A paradigm that teaches children that hate is simply a mindless outgrowth of ignorance, and that ignorance is simply a mindless outgrowth of emotional and intellectual immaturity; A paradigm that is so intensely predicated on the indispensable nature of 'giving' — then the blindly worshiped principles of the established dogma simply dissolve. In other words, pernicious values such as ownership, property and trade rapidly become obsolete; A trivial artifice. Such ideological values become seen for what they are — byproducts of a "Free Market" that are designed to freely allow those who possess the majority of the fictional wealth created by fictional institutions to exploit and violate any human being who attempts to interfere with their expansion of obtaining infinitely more fictional wealth at the expense of depriving everyone else from having access to less than the minimum amount of fictional wealth needed for survival.
What does 'taking' inherently promote?
It seems that there are four cornerstone pillars underscoring the philosophy of 'taking'; analogous to 'The Four Horsemen' if you will — fear, competition, control, and self-interest. What is important to note is that all four of these pillars are rooted in Ego. I am however not insinuating that Ego is something to be destroyed, let alone something to even be considered as a 'thing' at all. What does need to be realized is that ego is enmeshed in the human experience. By universally inviting the premise that all human behavior ought to be structurally reinforced by the social mechanism of 'giving' — you are inherently keeping the egoic mind, and by extension, ego-oriented tendencies at bay. This premise works to eradicate any compulsion to act from the egoic mind from the outset. Freely gifting one's true essence automatically diminishes the functional mobility of the Ego.
What does a social paradigm of giving inherently promote?
Unity, sharing, cooperation, collaboration, mutuality, equality, self-empowerment (individually and collectively), unhindered potentiality, improved problem-solving, and an unprecedented sense of belonging to the exquisite mystery of the symbiotic, cosmological oneness to which we are all connected. A scientist or biologist might define love as being the most evolutionary stable strategy or policy for a species' ensured survival. There is an interesting truth in this definition. Love in this contextual understanding speaks of seeing oneself as not a vessel to experience an unsustainable existence through exploiting, fearing, competing and controlling out of self-interest and perpetuating an over-inflated acceptance of suffering generated out of artificial scarcity. Instead, love is seeing oneself as a vessel through which an individual's best policy for survival is simply to give for the joy of giving alone. When absolutely everything is given from a place of inalienable sovereignty then everything is openly shared to the whole community without any form of bureaucratic restriction, which in turn comes back to the giver as a gift to all, as if it were a 'self-reinforcing feedback loop' if you will. The 'punishment and reward' mindset is also something that becomes naturally deprogrammed out of the psychological lexicon of human behavior when earnestly engaging in a 'Love-Give' paradigm. Basically, It comes to a point where human behavior is understood to promulgate two primary functions. One compromises evolutionary stability, and the other protects it. There is no middle ground.
Nature itself is a system of abundant giving. Therefore, if we are part of the natural order, shouldn't we then endeavor to resonate with Nature's inherent functioning, hence our truest selves?
'Give-Ness' is the new evolutionary imperative. The new mind is the giving heart. The proclivity to 'take' must be made obsolete. If the path of 'take' continues — incessant suffering is assured and the three million-year human project ventures to oblivion.
The new minds are awakening. To new minds, giving transcends mere generosity. 'Give-ness' is the blossoming of an entirely new cognitive benchmark — giving rise to a perception of reality that knows emphatically that the paradigm of 'take' is the path of ruination.
We stand at the precipice, as the emergence of 'give-ness' desperately claws its way into the new mind's consciousness.
Ushering in a Love-Give Paradigm can no longer be delusionally treated as a utopianistic, poetic fantasy. It is now an axiom; an absolute, existential necessity without equivocation.
To discard the take is to become the infinite, unconditional giving.