Love And the Layers of Our Existence

I sometimes imagine life as an onion, made up of layers upon layers of experiences, awareness and understanding.  My personality is made up of layers of  experiences and learning I have gone through in my  life. The environment I live in is made up of different layers of the atmosphere and the ecology that make for a livable space.

Man’s understanding and appreciation of the world around him is also expressed in various layers. The sciences help us describe and understand the reality around us. Literature and the arts help us give form and substance to the beauty we see around us. Philosophy and ethics help us define and defend the truth in our realities. Theology and spirituality help us in out struggle to know and do that which is good and ultimately reach out to the Ultimate Good.

These layers do not describe different realities but one and the same reality. A reality so rich that it cannot be defined nor described uni-dimensionally. Einstein wanted to unify all knowledge and postulated his Unified Field Theory. He had an intuition there is something that unifies everything that is in the world. Here is something he supposedly wrote to his daughter in a letter:

There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science has not found a formal explanation to. It is a force that includes and governs all others, and is even behind any phenomenon operating in the universe and has not yet been identified by us.

    This universal force is LOVE.
    When scientists looked for a unified theory of the universe they forgot the most      powerful unseen force.

    Love is Light, that enlightens those who give and receive it.
    Love is gravity, because it makes some people feel attracted to others.

    Love is power, because it multiplies the best we have, and allows humanity not     to be extinguished in their blind selfishness. Love unfolds and reveals.

    For love we live and die.
    Love is God and God is Love.

The heart of the just one is firm, trusting in the Lord.
~ Psalm 112

Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent
to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech.
They came and said to him,
“Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man
and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion.
You do not regard a person’s status
but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?
Should we pay or should we not pay?”
Knowing their hypocrisy he said to them,
“Why are you testing me?
Bring me a denarius to look at.”
They brought one to him and he said to them,
“Whose image and inscription is this?”
They replied to him, “Caesar’s.”
So Jesus said to them,
“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God.”
They were utterly amazed at him.
Mark 12:13-17

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