It all starts with love. I figure that human beings can grapple with the toughest problems if they first sense the unity we share, if each of us is willing to look into the other person’s eyes and see divinity there. Without that prior sense of being together, our efforts to problem-solve, conflict-resolve, and peace-make will come to naught. The gap between us will remain a bridge too far. So … let’s see what we can create with love as its centerpiece.
I mostly find math boring but there are certain equations that get my heart a-fluttering:
Love + Pain = Compassion
There are times when we gaze into another’s eyes and see tears welling up. The pain may be physical, emotional or even spiritual. All three are real. Maybe it’s about failing at something, or another person being mean, or a loved one dying. We know what it’s like. We’ve been there. It hurts.
How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong … because someday in life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver
Love + Happiness = Joy
Sometimes the face we behold is alight with the glory of God. The person is bubbling with the good news that’s come their way. A promotion, a newborn, a task well undertaken and completed. The joy in response is not a given. Some of us refuse to celebrate in the wellbeing of another. It’s as if there’s only so much happiness to go around. “If you have a lot of it, that means there’s not much left for me.” Other folks are wiser:
There are so many people in this world that it’s simply reasonable for you to make their happiness as important as your own. If you can be happy when good things happen to others, your opportunities for delight are increased six billion to one! [Update: make that nearly eight billion to one]
The Dalai Lama
It’s simple math