following dialog is from my novel, Discovering
Love - Chapter 16
remember the last question that I asked you in my office?" Steve soon broke
"You asked me, 'would the Universe exist without Love?'"
So what is your answer, Peter?"
there ever be a definite answer possible?" I replied.
got you on this one," said Steve and grinned. "The answer should be
obvious to a scientific man. Without Love, that is without the harmonizing
quality of Intelligence, the entire Universe would not exist."
can you say this with such certainty, Steve?" I said and grinned, as if he
know, what I said is hard to accept at first glance," said Steve.
"Equally hard to accept is the evident fact, that we too can't exist
without Love. But the more we look behind the scene at the Intelligence
underlying the Universe, a harmonizing order comes to light, that becomes
evermore amazing and beautiful in its design the more we discover of it. It's
bordering on the miraculous, Peter. Since you are not a nuclear physicist, let
me tell you a bit about the amazing details."
does nuclear physics has to do with Love?" I interjected.
benignly. "As you know an atom is empty space in which a miracle
unfolds," said Steve. "As you also know, nuclear physics tells us that
the entire Universe contains not a single speck of matter, not even in the
smallest part of the smallest atom. You spoke about this when we met in my
office. So, Peter, what we see then, is essentially the construct of energy and
its forces that have been arranged in a complex array, governed by harmonizing
principles without which the Universe simply would not exist."
Rewind this a bit and then play it back slowly," I interjected
know, at the center of the empty space that makes up an atom is a grouping of
infinitesimally small 'particles' located, that we call a nucleus. This tiny
center is surrounded by an orbiting 'swarm' of even smaller particles. Their
movement is so fast that they appear to be everywhere at once, creating the
appearance of a solid sphere. However we also know that these so-called
particles that give an atom its shape don't exist either as solid entities, but
are themselves constructs of energy patterns that are known in advanced nuclear
physics as, quarks. The quarks are recognized to be essentially fast moving
points of energy. You may call them, confetti of energy. Therefore the bottom
line is that nuclear physics tells us that there simply exists no such thing as
basic matter or basic particles. Everything that we see, hear, or touch, even
the world we live in, is but the construct of patterns of energy organized by
harmonizing principles that altogether reveal an underlying arrangement by an
incredible Intelligence. If one of the harmonizing principles was missing, or
was to be antagonistic to the whole, the Universe would have no foundation to
stand on. Therefore it wouldn't exist. But it does exist, Peter. It exists as
the product of an incredible Intelligence and its harmonizing 'Spirit' that can
be termed 'Love.' Outside of this construct there exists nothing. The only basic
building blocks in the Universe that can be recognized in nuclear physics are an
incredible Intelligence and its harmonizing 'Spirit.' Ultimately, there remains
but one. This one is Intelligence reflected in Principle, and its 'Spirit' that
that stretching the envelope a bit?" I interjected.
all," said Steve. "Let's look at the atom again with your question in
mind. As I said the atom's tiny center is called the nucleus. The nucleus is
made up of particles that have a positive electric charge, a charge of + 1. We
call this kind of particle the proton. At a 'large' distance from it another
type of particle is found that has a negative electric charge, a charge of -1,
which we call the electron. While the proton at the center remains stationary,
the electron is in constant motion, orbiting around the center with such a
tremendous speed that it appears to be everywhere. It thereby creates the
appearance of solid matter, when in reality there is nothing there but empty
space and some particles that are not particles in real term, and which are so
small that their minuscule 'size' defies the imagination. For purposes of
comparison, think of the central nucleus as a baseball. On this scale the
surrounding electron could be likened to an insect that is flying circles around
the entire stadium in which the ball is located. The insect would be moving so
fast, Peter, and so far away from the nucleus, that this tiny insect would
create the appearance that the entire stadium is encapsulated in a solid hard
answer me this, Peter," Steve continued. "Why doesn't the electron
that is moving so incredibly fast around and around in its orbit, simply fly
away? We all know from experience that anything that is spun around a center
wants to fly away by an effect called the centrifugal force. Since this effect
reflects a universal Principle, nothing is excepted from it, not even the
are you saying?" I interrupted him.
saying that the electron would indeed fly away. Then we would have no atom and
no Universe. The Universe would not exist if it wasn't for this harmonizing
element of Principle that the Universe has 'invented' that keeps the electron in
its place and thereby enables the atom to exist. The harmonizing element of
Principle, in this case, is the well-known principle of electric attraction
between particles of an opposite charge. All oppositely charged particles in an
atom are drawn to each other by the effect of this principle. They attract each
other. They have a hold on each other just like the Sun has a hold on the Earth.
In the solar system the attraction is by gravity. In an atom an electric force
causes the attraction. Evidently the attracting force has been designed in such
a manner that it balances precisely the centrifugal force by which an electron
would escape from an atom. If any of these two principles didn't exist, Peter,
or didn't precisely harmonize, we would not have a single atom in the Universe,
and no so-called matter, and thereby no Universe. The Universe would not exist.
That's the bottom line"
are saying that the harmonizing Principle is Love?" I interjected.
saying that Intelligence and its Principle is one, and I am saying that its
'Spirit' is Love," said Steve. "We see this 'Spirit' reflected
everywhere in nuclear physics. As you might already know, the atom comes in a
hundred different 'sizes' according to the different elements that exist. Each
'size' contains a different number of protons in its nucleus, and
correspondingly a different number of electrons surrounding it. A carbon atom,
for example, has 6 of each, and uranium has over a hundred of each. Can you
imagine how crowded it gets in the orbital space in an atom with over a hundred
electrons? Wouldn't one expect to have some major collisions occurring in this
crowded orbit? Indeed, one would expect that, by which the atom would likely
disintegrate. But that doesn't happen, does it? In order to prevent the
collisions that would destroy the Universe, the Universe has 'invented' yet
another aspect of its all-harmonizing Principle. This aspect comes to light as
the also well-known principle of electric repulsion by which particles of like
charge repel each other so that collisions cannot occur. However, this very
principle of repulsion of equally charged particles, which maintains harmony in
the orbit, would create a catastrophic crisis at the core of the atom. There, in
the nucleus numerous protons must exist side by side to form the nucleus. They
all carry a positive charge. In order to prevent them from repelling each other,
the Universe has 'invented' still another type of particle, called the neutron,
that has no electric charge at all, which acts as if it were an insulator that
fits neatly in between the protons to keep them out of each other's hair so to
speak. With this 'invention' incorporated, the core of the atom can now exist in
peace. It does not fly apart. In real terms the 'insulator' acts more like a
'glue' of amazing complexity. The end result is that the atom becomes a stable
entity that functions literally forever. It doesn't wear out, nor does it ever
loose its energy without external causes acting on it. The electrons in this
equilibrium just keep on swirling around the nucleus for billions upon billions
of years, by which the Universe remains perfectly intact, appearing as a
conglomeration of shapes that are in essence simply created out of empty space
by a tiny group of swirling electrons and a tiny central core that keeps the
electrons in place."
elementary, isn't it?" I interjected.
Peter, but as I said, neither of these so-called particles really exists in
solid form either. They are created abstracts themselves. And so I put it to you
Peter, seeing that this complex of interacting aspects of Principle works so
amazingly well that a vast Universe results from it, only one term comes to mind
to describe what is happening here. This term is Love. Thus, I would say,
Principle is Love. I would also say that Principle is One. There exist no
antagonistic aspects in Principle. The Principle of the Universe may have many
facets and many aspects, but they are all harmonizing with one-another so that
the end result is one universal harmony determined by one Principle. The
Universe is not made up of multiple independent principles, loosely connected.
Intelligence and its Principle is One, and its 'Spirit' is Love. There are no
multiple principles reflected in the Universe, only multiple aspects of one
Principle. This takes some getting used to, doesn't it? The reason is that we
are not accustomed to think in terms of the singularity of Principle, and with
it, the allness of Love."
can you really say that harmony is the result of Love?" I interjected.
saying that the essence of Love is reflected in harmony, because harmony is the
outcome of Principle," said Steve.
that is so, Steve, then we expect far too little for ourselves from Love,"
I said with a sense of a sudden amazement.
is precisely what we have been learning in nuclear physics," said Steve and
began to grin again. "The harmonizing Spirit of Love that I have come to
recognize is evident everywhere. As I said to you, in the same manner, as a
perceived solid atom doesn't really exist in solid form, the perceived solid
particles that construct it do not exist either in solid form. They are
themselves the construct of fast moving points of energy. The physicists call
the construct quarks. In real terms, there exists nothing solid at all. Even the
electrons are merely a type of quark made up of fast moving points of energy,
and even these don't always exist as such, but become a wave at times, and then
reappear in a different orbit. The protons and the neutrons, in turn, are made
up of two different types of quarks. These quarks become assembled in different
combinations as required for the needed effects to create the so-called
particles. The protons and the neutrons are both assemblies of "up
quarks" and "down quarks." The "up quark" has a charge
of +2/3, and the "down quark" has a charge of -1/3. The sum of the
charges of the different quarks becoming assembled makes up a perceived nuclear
particle's effective over-all charge. The protons therefore contain two up
quarks and one-down quark (+2/3 +2/3 -1/3 = +1) The combination results in a
total charge of +1, as I stated earlier for a proton. The neutrons in turn
contain one up quark and two down quarks (+2/3 -1/3 -1/3 = 0). The combination
results in a total charge of 0. As I said, this is the effective charge of the
assembled neutron. In this tiny realm of quarks -- of 'dancing' points of energy
-- the construction of the nucleus is being held together by something that is
actually much stronger than merely an insulating effect that also acts like
glue. It is held together by what is called the 'strong nuclear force.' This is
the force that also holds the quarks together. It is one of the four fundamental
forces in the Universe, such as gravity, and the electromagnetic force, and the
nuclear 'weak force.' The 'nuclear strong force' is the 'glue' of the atomic
nucleus. It is acting in such a manner, at the level of the quarks, that their
combined effect counteracts the positively charged protons repelling each
I shook my
head in amazement.
course quantum physics takes us still deeper into the subatomic world, which
from a point on can no longer be perceived in diagrammatic terms. It takes us
into the world of the photons that are theorized particles that have zero mass,
which therefore propagate at the speed of light, but are quantifiable particles
of energy that are recognized as the carrier of electromagnetic radiation of all
wavelengths, ranging from gamma rays, to X-rays, to ultraviolet light, visible
light, infrared light, microwaves, and radio waves. The photon is also
recognized to have both wave and particle type properties, interchangeably, in a
manner similar to the electron, to fulfill the requirements of the harmonizing
Principle of the Universe. The Universe is inconceivable without the photon,
though the photon is itself difficult to conceptualize, having no mass, no form,
moving at the speed of light, for which it appears to be the determining factor
in the first place in its interacting, reflecting the propagating quality of the
sea of latent energy that the cosmos is, in which the Universe unfolds. In
theoretical physics the photon is a conception that is a part of the Boson
family of theorized 'particles' of the super-exotic world of the
'sub-infinitesimal' domain. Another such 'particle' that is perceived in this
domain is the 'Higgs Boson' that is deemed to be attached to the protons,
neutrons, and electrons, giving them the phenomenon of mass and gravity. Mass
and gravity are presently the greatest enigma in nuclear physics, because the
protons, neutrons, and electrons, that make up the Universe, should have zero
mass as they are themselves but assemblies of points of energy, that are
theorized to have no mass. It is also possible that the "Higgs Boson' does
not exist and that its theorized effect is merely a casual effect of the
organization of the points of energy into the quarks that make up the protons,
etc.. In this case the phenomenon of mass and gravity in the Universe can be
perceived as a casual quality of organization rather than as particles, just as
the speed of light reflects the casual propagating quality of the latent sea of
energy of the cosmos. Thus the photons and the Higgs might be just aspects of
organizational quality, so that the cosmos of energy becomes translated into a
cosmos of assemblies of qualities. Energy then becomes quality, which of course
cannot be perceived in a diagrammatic manner. I propose that this is how the
phenomenon of Love might ultimately be conceived, as a quality, without which
the Universe would not exist, which is difficult to conceptionalize in any
diagrammatic manner, but comes to light wonderfully as a quality that is
powerfully evident by its harmonizing effects."
it amazing how far we moved away from the old concept of solid matter," I
said to Steve.
nodded. "As I said, in real terms there is not a single speck of basic
matter in the entire Universe. Everything that we call matter exists entirely as
patterns of quanta of energy in motion that might ultimately be nothing more
than organizational qualities, all intelligently arranged according to
harmonizing aspects of a unifying universal Principle. Even the electrons that
give the physical Universe its shape are quark-like structures of energy in
motion that constantly oscillate between being a wave and their functioning as a
particle, thereby fulfilling a vital purpose in the all-harmonizing flow as they
interact with other electrons from other sources, or from other atoms, to create
the vast world of elements, isotopes, and chemical molecules that make up the
worlds, the stars, and all life. The electrons furnish the interface in the
stuff that the stars and worlds are made of and all life. It is infinitely more
correct, therefore, to say that the Universe is a Universe of Intelligence, than
to say that it is a Universe of simply matter. The bottom line is, Peter, that
the entire Universe is nothing more than a construction of extremely
intelligently arranged harmonizing aspects of Principle, without which the
Universe would simply not exist."
would be no Universe," said Ushi from the good room.
also know that the 'Spirit' of the harmonizing effect that is inherent in
Principle, that is its quality, such as we find it expressed in the atomic and
sub-atomic world, is also apparent at every level of the Universe in
ever-widening spheres, all the way to the functioning of entire galaxies, and
clusters of galaxies, and groups of clusters of galaxies."
course what is reflected in the Universe is also reflected in us," said
Ushi, "with us being a part of the Universe and an element of the quality
that is reflected in it. It stands to reason that the all-harmonizing and
all-pervading Intelligence that powers the Universe, or actually IS the
Universe, must be reflected in all mankind, and in mankind's humanity. If this
weren't so, we wouldn't be a part of the Universe. If, therefore, the Universe
is a construct of Love, expressing the quality of the harmonizing Spirit of
Principle, then in order to perceive ourselves correctly, we must also see
ourselves in the same light."
you saying that since the Universe wouldn't exist without Love, we really can't
exist as a society without Love either?" I said to Steve.
laughed. "Most of the world goes to great lengths to test this theory.
Society is determined to prove that it can exist without Love. It is trying to
prove that it has no need for a foundation. However mankind's historic
experience along this line has been correspondingly catastrophic, hasn't it? One
day, society will stop this insanity and accept Love as the Spirit of the
Universe and begin to reflect it in their own living. Once Love becomes the
spirit of civilization, we will build on the Principle of Universal Love. I
think it is not unreasonable to say that this outcome is inevitable, as
improbable as this may seem. Of course it leads to some challenges along the
challenges, Steve?" I replied. "That's an understatement. The kind of
reasoning that is involved would put a face on mankind that supersedes the
brightest image for humanity yet imagined. That's a huge challenge to come to
nodded. "It puts a future before us that is not encumbered with
historically accepted limits, but reflects the nature of infinity that is the
nature of the Universe, that reflects its continuous and harmonious unfolding
that we are a part of. But I like to suggest that the challenge is not
unmanageable, Peter. I saw a poster once a long time ago in a church that simply
said, 'God is Love.' Now we are saying the same thing in the nuclear physics
lab. The harmonizing 'Spirit' of the Intelligence of the Universe is best
described as, Love. I can't think of a more correct term for it. Can you?"
tells me that we've merely discovered anew, what we have always known," I
said to Steve. "Except we now realize that without Love, we simply would
not exist, and the Universe itself would not exist without it. So, I would say
that Love defines the highest aspect of our humanity. Or might I call it, our
'third sex,' so to speak, the 'sex' of our spiritual identity."
highest aspect of our being has to be Love," said Ushi. "With this in
mind, ancient wisdom suddenly makes sense, as when the Apostle John declared two
millennia ago, 'Without love we cannot see God.' (I. John 4) He might add today,
'neither can we truly see ourselves outside the sphere of Love.'"
speaking there is no 'outside'," said Steve. "This means that every
step away from Love is a step away from ourselves towards emptiness, insanity,
and want. And by the same token, every step in embracing and reflecting Love, is
a step in healing the growing emptiness and insanity, and in stilling the want
in the world. It all adds up as a step towards ourselves as children of
Intelligence and its infinite Spirit."
takes us far beyond the mere atom, to higher-order aspects of Principle and the
Intelligence reflected in it," said Ushi. "The Principle of Economics
is one of these, that are not reflected in an atom. It is reflected exclusively
in human beings. A seed becomes a tree. The growing-process reflects the
principle of creativity. Life is a creative dynamism that has its highest
expression in the human being, where it is called economics."
a good definition for the Principle of Economics," said Steve to Ushi. He
turned to me. "Give me an example of an inefficient and of an efficient
economic process," said Steve. "Think of how efficiently our human
potential is being utilized in such cases."
a cup of coffee in a coffee shop isn't exactly a highly efficient utilization of
a person's creative and productive capacities," I said cautiously.
near total waste," said Steve. "The effect of that person's labor is
short lived. It is a good example of an inefficient process. Now compare that to
the effect of a person's labor in an automated industrial process, as that of a
worker in an automobile plant. The benefit from that labor is immense. It
provides freedom in transportation for a long period of time, possibly a decade.
While there are many factors involved, the high technology automated industrial
process vastly increases the productive capacity of human labor. This
illustrates to some degree the Principle of Economics. Humanity stands alone in
this realm of economics. It maximizes the good resulting from manual action. The
utilization of the Principle of Economics enabled the building of a civilization
that makes it possible for us to live four times as long as we once did, with
greater freedoms, greater security, and a society a thousand times as numerous
than the primitive Earth could support by its own resources. We have become
creators on a vast scale with cultures that are unimaginably rich."
have also created unemployment, poverty, slum living, even homelessness on a
vast scale," I interjected.
the result of society stepping away from Love, but it doesn't reflect our
potential," said Steve firmly. "Our potential is unassailable. Look at
homelessness, it doesn't have to be. There is no need for homelessness. We have
the technological and economic capacity to provide free high quality housing for
every person that is presently homeless in the world or living in slum
her hand to stop him. "There isn't enough wood in the world to meet the
need just in America itself, not to mention the rest of the world. And who would
pay for it?" she interjected.
laughed. "Who said anything about building wood houses. That's inefficient
as hell. You have to cut down trees, haul them to mills, saw them into boards
and lumber, then shape and nail the lot together on site, laboriously. Then, a
few months later you might have a finished house. And the house, because of the
huge labor cost involved in the entire process, becomes so expensive that it
takes a family a long time to pay for it all. That's inefficient as hell.
Obviously, that's not what I am referring to. I am thinking of automated
production of housing, made with the best building material in the world, a
material that doesn't rot, corrode, scratch, that is an ideal insulator --
several times better than asbestos -- and which is stronger and more fireproof
than steel. And best of all, the material exists in such huge quantities that
one could cover the entire landmass of the planet deeper with it, than a man
stands tall. The material is called basalt. Basalt is a stone with an extremely
fine grain. It melts at 1,400 degrees. It can be extruded into micro-thin fibers
for insulation, and be cast into molds to create fully finished housing modules
in automated processes. The material exists in surface deposits and is
process-ready as it sits on the ground. It doesn't have to be preprocessed for
it to be made useful. All you need is nuclear energy for heating the material in
an efficient manner. It shouldn't cost more than $2000 to manufacture a house
that way. The USA could build these houses by the millions and give them away
for free, and it would cost the nation less than it presently spends on a single
Air Force weapons system, which is essentially a total waste. For the price of a
single bomber system, which has been built to kill people, America could build
fifteen million free houses for its citizens, and for the maintenance cost of
the bomber system, that would then not be built, society could easily pay for
the utility infrastructures, for the free houses."
are dreaming," Ushi interjected. "The land costs would make the
laughed again. "The desert is free," he said. "America could
start in Arizona and New Mexico. Ultimately, land doesn't cost anything. The
price that people put on land is artificial. Why would society want to nurture a
bunch of greedy slumlords anyway, or greedy landowners? That game ends.
Automated industrial production can also be applied to erecting apartment
buildings, redeveloping the cities."
cities certainly could stand a major renewal," I said quietly. "What
you suggest might indeed happen. I believe the technical aspects are probably
already being discussed at your university. I believe that there was a paper
published in Novosibirsk about a research project, on this very subject. So,
this isn't a dream scene. It appears to be technically feasible, and
economically too. But will the money bags allow it to happen?"
is right," said Steve to Ushi. "There is such a paper. I read it. The
project is doable."
to me. "This will happen," said Steve. "It is inevitable that it
happens. The Principle of Economics demands it, and it enables it. It can't fail
to happen, unless we blow the world up first with the weapons of war. Short of
that, what I said is inevitable. Eradicating homelessness and slum living is the
most powerful boost one can give to civilization. Quality housing is essential
for the mental and physical development of society. The greatest treasure that
society has, is itself. The creative and productive potential of the human
being, is society's greatest asset. This asset needs to be protected and
developed. On this path, culture is developed. Unemployment will be history when
this happens, and so will empire, war, and poverty. Mark my word, we will see
this, Peter. Love demands this to happen. In Love we stand side by side with all
of mankind. So it will happen. It will happen on this platform, because it is
possible for it to happen. It will happen for this reason, even though it is
absolutely essential for the security and the advance of civilization."
I reached my
hand out to him. "Is that what you had in mind when you asked me in your
office whether the Universe would exist without Love?" I asked and began to
laugh. "You flatter me too much if you thought I could come up with this
answer. But I think you didn't really expect me to come up with that, did
hoped you would somehow know how important this is," said Steve. "One
can always hope. Still, to be honest, you did far better than all the learned
masters of nuclear science had, that I had talked to. Most of them had told me
that I'm nuts. Speaking of a world without matter as a physicist, that's crazy
talk, right? Speaking of the Universe as being nothing more than a construct of
harmonizing aspects of Principle, that's even crazier. When I spoke of the
Universe as made of two basic elements only, Intelligence and Love, the learned
masters of the university suggested that I've gone mad. They would probably have
me committed to an insane asylum, if they hadn't respected me otherwise. It is
very hard, Peter, for today's scientists to get out off their flat-Earth mode of
thinking. And that goes for most non-scientists too. You will find that most
people think you are crazy when you speak of the Principle of Universal Love.
They think that Love is something small and confined, something that one can
reserve for special occasions. It is hard to step out of this box. Of course,
now that the box has been opened, the real challenge only begins."
more on empire, universe, energy, NASA, science, NAWAPA, music, world
with LPAC videos on the Nation, Science, Economics, and Empire