"Love alters not when it alteration finds..." - William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
What is the experience of Love in our era versus that in Shakespeare or Jesus or Abraham's time?
I have the privilege of addressing audiences about such things: That Love's energy does not change, that the human vessel into which it is poured always does and that Radical Loving Care can make a difference.
What revolutions technology has wrought! If our ancestors appeared could they comprehend how computers and medicine have transformed the world?
People live longer. There are billions more of us. And in the developed world pain can now be relieved.
Artists, scientists and caregivers enjoy the luxury of learning from all who came before. Artists and scientists have progressed. Have the hearts of caregivers changed?
Today's artists weave on looms of light unthinkable in earlier eras. Leonardo da Vinci could not have envisioned a talking picture masterpiece like "Casablanca" nor that a nude could be photographed just as Beethoven could not imagine the power of jazz nor Newton lasers.
Scientists have developed more magical tools in the past thirty years than Merlin could have conjured. Countless diseases have been eliminated and most body parts are now replaceable.
Creativity and innovation are alive and surging. What about compassion? We can be glad it endures and hope that it thrives.
Yet, in spite of everything history and religion have taught us, Jews, Christians, Muslims and those of other faiths seem to live Love no better than did their predecessors.
Only Radical Loving Care can change and sustain the human heart. But most of us will not let it in. If we did, we would discover that phenomenon that always surprises us: When we give, we receive.