To love another person is to see the face of God.

Victor Hugo

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.

Jesus Christ
Love… The Nature of Hope

The Philosopher’s Corner

Today, I will explore the nature of hope through love. No, both terms on not synonymous with one another, but both seem to stand at the root of the other’s experience. Like anything in life, the paradoxical nature of these these autonomous, yet somehow interconnected terms drives that inner capacity we have to develop into more hopeful and what I see as loving beings.

I came to Catholicism through science of all things. The more I learned to objectify the world around me and see it in a cold light, the more I found a world devoid of love, hope, and this beautiful concept that has always stood at the center of my heart… Faith in that unknown process I sought to understand through the tenets of science in the first place. The only problem, the capacity to remain distant and objective of the world around me only served to heighten the divide I felt present, I needed to find a way back home, a place within myself I could be at comfort.

It is funny that at the root of science is found this notion of objectivity. The root of this process of consciousness is to remove one’s subjective experience and observe that which is sensed through a lens of complete objectification. While this is a brilliant capacity the human mind has when studying the nature of that which is removed, it does not work in life affairs.

If a man objectifies a woman, this is seen in poor taste as the man’s intent is seen for its true intent. To objectify a woman is impure, animalistic in origin. The same goes for a woman whom would objectify a man. However, at a foundational level of science, we are taught to objectify the world around us and remove the subjective experience we have to the matter studied; for some reason, this just did not feel right to me, and at its core, I knew it was a lie built upon hypocrisy.

The ideal of God comes to many from their yearning To Be Loved. Anyone who has been blessed with this one emotion, truly sees in the face of its experience, a binding force in action that unites two entities once separated. Like the physiology of the body, that inner consciousness that knows without the presence of conscious attention how to mend a deeply cut wound, so to does the presence of love mend the divides we subjectively create by this objectification process.

We are ecologically birthed individuals that seek return towards a collective source. If at minimum we are dust, then by dust we shall return. Matter for matter… The only thing missing, is that one matter from which our life force came, the energy that made up the beauty of our being. Soul? Spirit?

However, just imagine if we are something more… Something Greater. A wise man once said.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

From this experience, we belong… To What? I don’t know! But doesn’t it feel good to just belong. To sit in the loving embrace, a hug, a soft kiss, to have a heartfelt smile from a friend or loved one that you know truly cares?

I believe that this the moral of today’s story. In this Holy Week for Christians, I wanted to draw our attention back to the pillars of faith that has moved us so… Belief, Hope, Kindness, Faith, Inspiration, Aspiration, even Suffering, and of course that one element that wills us to transcend all, What Jesus Called Love!

Prayers and Blessings for You as we learn to navigate the new waters we are moved towards. Believe… Achieve… Advance Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams.

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