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On Wisdom: Principles: love

1. Love is the longing of all life for being.

2. Love for others is the longing for the being of others, an emotion without which neither we nor the human species would survive.

3. Love for others motivates altruistic behavior; that is, behavior not in the interest of one's own personal survival. Thus paradoxically one's longing for being can bring one's own being to a premature end.

4. Love for others is also the basis for moral behavior. For when all are loved, each has equal dignity and worth.

5. Love for others is, however, merely an extension of love for being, upon the strength of which depend all love, all happiness, and all pleasure.

6. The more love, the more being; the less love, the less being.

7. Thus those who love only themselves restrict themselves to one, while those who love only one other restrict themselves to two. Those who love only their own family, tribe, or nation, excluding others, are similarly restricted. There can be no true communion, not even with oneself, without love for all being, or for being itself, or for God.

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On Wisdom: Principles: 
1. Ecstasy is the lightning that flashes whenever we get sufficiently close to being. 2. Like lightning, ecstasy is a flow of energy that cannot be long sustained, is dangerous, and is often accompanied by storms. 3. Again like lightning, however, ecstasy can be harnessed to create a more reliable, albeit feebler flow. The social instruments that harness ecstasy

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On Wisdom: Principles: 
1. All delight in harmony, symmetry, and just proportion. 2. Dissonance and asymmetry cry out for resolution, depicting even more powerfully what is not there. 3. Harmony among objects is called beauty. Harmony among or within people is called goodness. 4. Sincerity results in harmony between what one says and what one knows.