While struggling to survive in a Nazi death camp, psychologist Victor Frankl began thinking of his wife and came to the realization that,”Love is the ultimate and highest goal to which one can aspire.”
The ancient Greeks actually distinguished between several kinds of love, including fraternal love and love for all humanity.
Perhaps the clearest definition of love was given by St. Paul in a passage we so often hear at weddings:
Love is always patient and kind.
It does not take offence and is not resentful.
Love delights in the truth, it is always ready to forgive, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.
In other words, when we act this way toward those close to us, those we work with, complete strangers, toward ourselves, and even toward our so-called enemies, we are loving.
In Frankl’s example, it was in contemplating his beloved that he was able to transcend the horrors that surrounded him. She gave his life meaning and the strength to endure. Though she did not survive Auschwitz, The love they shared was stronger even than death.
Love is indeed the most powerful force on earth.
It was love which freed India from Great Britain.
Weapons did not end the Cold War. It was people who chose love rather than hate, who chose love over fear and walked together through the impenetrable Berlin Wall.
It is love that will end the threat of terrorism, bring peace to the Middle East, and conquer racism.
As Frankl said, “the salvation of humanity is through love and in love.