Unity is such a frightening word for some of us.
And Betty throws another frightening concept our
way: that of loving one another, even those whom we
consider to be "unlovable." But the simple
truth is that our lives are tied together in many, many
ways, and the only way that we'll ever get humanity to
reach its wonderful potential will be to develop the love
that we show each other--not just feel for each other, but
actually demonstrate and allow to affect our actions.
Most of us feel innately that there has to be a reason for
us to be on this planet, an underlying purpose. If
that purpose is to love one another, then I think that all
in all, the job that we're doing isn't all that
great--maybe a two or a three on a scale of ten.
That isn't necessarily our fault, of course--after all,
who among us grew up being taught that our main purpose in
life is to love the other human beings and living things
on this planet?--yet it is something that we can, at any
time, make our highest priority.
The illusion of separateness that we live under, though,
keeps us from seeing the bonds that connect us with
others. It's simple to love our siblings, for we
often grew up together in the same house, in the same
family. But that guy across the street--I'm not
connected to him in the same way. How can I possible
show him the same love that I show my brother and sister
and daughter and father? It's an important question
to keep in mind, for the simple fact is that the person
across the street has been living on the same planet as
you for a very long time, and has been affected by many of
the same things that have affected you--most of us have
much more in common than we realize, or ever take the time
and make the effort to find out.
You and I have a bond. We both have a bond with the
woman at the checkout counter in the tiny supermarket in
central Kansas, and the waiter in the large restaurant in
New Delhi. We don't need to know the source of that
connection to be able to love those people who are in our
lives, because the chances are that those people are in
our lives for a reason, and if we never show our love and
caring, there's a very good chance that we'll never find
out just what that reason is.