As we become comfortable with the understanding that humanity is a single people with a common destiny, we will see a shift in society as a whole, resulting in a reorganization of all life, which will give practical expression to the primary principle of equality for all its members, regardless of color, greed, or gender. This will enable all individuals to realize their inherent potential and thus contribute to an ever-advancing civilization.
This is a view that many scientists can understand and accept, as well. “Give evolution long enough,” Robert Wright says, “and reciprocal altruism will arise yet again—and again and again and again…” on ever greater levels each time.
The universal love underlying this evolutionary process is nothing less than a transformative power. Mystics and saints have long known that Love is the highest truth, that the universe comes from Love, and that the universe is sustained by Love. Love is the primary expression of Creation. The power of Love unveils the illusion of the physical world and takes us beyond birth and death to the world of spiritual wonderment. Teilhard de Chardin put it this way, “Love is the…affinity which links and draws together the elements of the world…Love, in fact, is the expression and agent of universal synthesis.”
Abdu’l-Baha, son of Baha’u’llah, captures the meaning of love as the underlying force of evolution that will ultimately overtake and dissolve all forms of prejudice: Love is the “living link” that unites “God with humanity,” that assures “the progress of every illumined soul.” Love is the greatest law ruling our time, the “unique power” that binds together the diverse “elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force” that directs “the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms.”
Love reveals “with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe. Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization in this mortal world…”