Nothing I say can explain to you Divine Love
Yet all of creation cannot seem to stop talking about it.”
To know that love is essential for building a more hopeful world, simply try to imagine a world without it.
And while there are many types of love, it is love that actively and unconditionally seeks another’s well-being that is required to inspire the hope of a better future. Stemming from the original meaning of God’s love of mankind, this type of love — agape, as used in the New Testament — has been broadened to include a brotherly love for all humanity: the sacrificial love parents have for their child, for example, regardless of whether such love is reciprocated; or the love that drives one to aid the helpless, or even to help one’s enemies — all without any expectation of return.
This is love, in the words of the Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho, “that consumes”; the highest and purest form of love, and one that surpasses all other types of affection. Focused solely and uniquely on helping meet another individual’s needs, this is love that is intimately intertwined with the principles of hope, forgiveness, and compassion. Because when we love in this way, we are necessarily optimistic. We are empathetic and compassionate.
We believe in possible.