Who Will Take Care of Me?
How to Love - No. 9
by Ernest O'Neill
Most of the world is dying for lack of love. I think that most of us would probably agree that that's true--that most of the world is dying for a lack of love. It's not only the people that Sister Theresa deals with in the streets of Calcutta and Bombay. It's not only the slum people that die in misery in the great cities of our world, but it is found in middle-class areas in the suburbs. It is found in castles and in rich mansions. It is found everywhere -- a great lack of love in our world.
What we've been sharing is that often that's because many of us know what real love is, but we do not really give it. Most of us know that real love is a whole-hearted giving of yourself for the other person. It's a whole-hearted forgetting of yourself and a putting of your own interests last, and the putting of the other's interests in place of yours.
It's laying your talents and abilities and interests at the feet of another person and saying, "Here. You use these for your own benefit even if it means my death."
In other words, "Greater love has no man than this, than a man lay down his life for his friends." It's really giving yourself away for the sake of your friends. Most of us know that that's what real love is, but we deliberately hold back from that because of the question that rankles in our minds, "If we do that--if we give ourselves unreservedly for their sakes, if we give all our attention to other people and live only for their benefit and their advantage and not at all for our own, then what will happen to us? Who will take care of us?"
What we've started to answer is, in Einstein's words, "The Creator of the universe will take care of you." That's what Einstein said. He said that the details that he is able to perceive in this incomprehensible universe, the details of order and design are the expression of God Himself, the Creator. And you remember, he puts it in these words, "that the deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior, reasoning Power which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe forms my idea of God."
Belief in a superior being who made the universe
Einstein, of course himself said, "Religion without science is blind, but science without religion is lame." The reason he said that was that all science progresses on the basis of the presumption and the assumption that there is order in the universe. Every scientist who sets up a hypothesis or a theory, or who undertakes an experiment, undertakes it on the basis of his belief that there is order in the universe, that there is reason and design in it that he is able to perceive with his mind.
He does that really because, whether he affirms it and confesses it as logically and as honestly as Einstein does, or whether he does not, he really believes that Someone had a mind that was intelligent like his and had a will that was purposeful like his and built order and design into the universe itself.
Most of us who look at the universe with an unprejudiced eye will conclude that. In fact, all down through the centuries from the most primitive tribesman to the most sophisticated intellectual like Einstein, men and women have had a belief that there was a superior power that originated the world.
It is a very natural thing for men to look at the world and say, "Who made it? Who put it there?" That's very natural. Down through the centuries of mankind's existence here on earth, there has always been throughout all peoples, no matter how primitive a tribe may be, or how sophisticated the society has become, there's always been an innate belief in a God of some kind.
A belief in a God that is to be worshipped
It's been almost an essential in order to continue in a sane way in this world. It's the only sense you can make of it, because everywhere that we've seen anything that was even a fraction of the size of the earth around, we've always concluded that somebody must have put it there. So there has always been in all societies a belief in a God. Indeed, in most societies, a belief in a God that ought to be worshipped and looked up to and respected.
Nowhere can you find that there is not some sacrificial system that indicates that in some way we feel we have displeased that God. In fact, the truth is that only brainwashed sophisticates like ourselves, would ask the question, "Why believe in God?” Really, you have to work at it to be as dumb and contorted as we are about this issue.
Simple thinking about what we see
The straight-forward, unprejudiced mind, whether it's a primitive tribesman of 6,000 years ago, or it's an intellectual like Einstein, simply looks at a mountain and wonders, "Who put it there?” He looks at the sky and wonders, "Who put it there?”
Really, it isn't any more complicated than that -- simply plain, ordinary, cause-and-effect thinking such as we do in everyday life. As long as the mind retains its common sense and refuses to be brainwashed into esoteric little convolutions, we’ll come easily and plainly to the same conclusion as Einstein and millions of others.
In other words, you have to be taught to avoid the obvious to conclude that there is no God when you look at the order and design that exists in our universe; when you look at the way the petals of a flower are so beautifully symmetrical; when you look at the colors at the bottom of the ocean where men have never seen for centuries and yet there are the most beautiful colors there.
When you see the clever adaptations that animals and birds have in order to swim; when you see the incredible intelligence that certain fish possess, when you see how beautifully arranged the balance of nature is; when you see how the seasons continue to reoccur year after year in the same way; when you see how there is the incredible order to the orbits and the movements of the planets so that we are able to time our space shots to the last second and be sure that they will be in exactly this relationship to a certain planet.
When you see these things, you can have no doubt that there is surely a mind behind the universe. This does not involve any wishful thinking; it does not involve any purely emotional thinking. It involves simply the down-to-earth, logical thinking that Einstein himself was involved in.
Love for others becomes possible
That is why you can begin to consider that it would be possible to love other people in place of yourself. It would be possible to forget yourself completely, to forget living for yourself, to completely forget this continual referring of everything to you, to give up tackling everything in life in regards to how it affects you, to forget yourself at last, and to start living for other people and for them alone and to begin to give yourself wholly and fully and unreservedly for their benefit.
It is reasonable to begin to love other people and to forget yourself, in the conviction that there is a greater Being who will take care of you if you will do that.
TO BE CONTINUED