LOVE, THE TRUE EMANCIPATOR OF MANKIND!
by Napoleon Hill
Love is man’s greatest experience. It brings one into communication with Infinite Intelligence.
When it is blended with the emotions of sex and romance it may lead one to the higher mountain-peaks of individual achievement through creative vision.
The emotions of love, sex and romance are the three sides of the eternal triangle of achievement known as genius. Nature creates geniuses through no other media.
Love is an outward expression of the spiritual nature of man. Sex is purely biological, but it supplies the springs of action in all creative effort, from the humblest creature that crawls to the most profound of all creations, man.
When love and sex are combined with the spirit of romance the world may well rejoice, for these are the potentials of the great leaders who are the profound thinkers of the world.
Love makes all mankind akin!
It clears out selfishness, greed, jealousy, and envy, and makes right royal kings of the humblest of men. True greatness will never be found where love does not abide.
The love of which I speak must not be confused with the emotions of sex, for love in its highest and purest expression, is a combination of the eternal triangle, yet it is greater than anyone of its three component parts.
The love to which I refer is the “elan vital”—the life-giving factor—the spring of action—of all the creative endeavors which have lifted mankind to his present state of refinement and culture.
It is the one factor which draws a clear line of demarcation between man and all of the creatures of the earth below him. It is the one factor which determines for every man the amount of space he shall occupy in the hearts of his fellowmen.
Love is the solid foundation upon which the first of the Twelve Riches may be built, a positive mental attitude, and let us take heed that no man may ever become truly rich without it.
Love is the warp and the woof of all the remaining eleven riches. It embellishes all riches and gives them the quality of endurance, evidence of which may be revealed by cursory observation of all who have acquired material riches but have not acquired love.
The habit of going the extra mile leads to the attainment of that spirit of love, for there can be no greater expression of love than love which is demonstrated through service that is rendered unselfishly for the benefit of others.
Emerson had the vision of the kind of love to which I refer when he said: “Those who are capable of humility, of justice, of love, of aspiration, are already on the platform that commands the sciences and arts, speech and poetry, action and grace. For whoso dwells in this mortal beatitude does already anticipate those special powers which men prize so highly…
“The magnanimous know very well that they who give time, or money, or shelter, to the stranger—so it be done for love, and not for ostentation—do, as it were, put God under obligation to them, so perfect are the compensations of the universe. In some way the time they seem to lose, is redeemed, and the pains they take, remunerate themselves. These men fan the flame of human love and raise the standard of civic virtue among mankind.”
The great minds of every age have recognized love as the eternal elixir that binds the heart-wounds of mankind and makes men their brothers’ keepers. One of the greatest minds this nation ever produced expressed his views on love in a classic that shall live as long as time endures. Robert G. Ingersoll said:
“Love is the only bow on life’s dark cloud.
It is the morning and the evening star.
It shines upon the babe, and sheds its radiance on the quiet tomb.
It is the mother of art, inspirer of poet, patriot and philosopher.
It is the air and light of every heart—builder of every home, kindler of every fire on every hearth.
It was the first to dream of immortality.
It fills the world with melody—for music is the voice of love.
Love is the magician, the enchanted, that changes worthless things to joy, and makes right royal kings and queens of common clay.
It is the perfume of that wondrous flower, the heart, and without that sacred passion, that divine swoon, we are less than beasts; but with it, earth is heaven and we are gods.
Love is transfiguration. It ennobles, purifies and glorifies…Love is a revelation, a creation. From love the world borrows its beauty and the heavens their glory. Justice, self-denial, charity and pity are the children of love…Without love all glory fades, the noble falls from life, art dies, music loses meaning and becomes mere motions of the air, and virtue ceases to exist.”
If a man is truly great he will love all mankind!
He will love the good and the bad among all humanity. The good he will love with pride and admiration and joy. The bad he will love with pity and sorrow, for he will know, if he be truly great, that both good and bad qualities in men often are but the results of circumstances over which they have, because of their ignorance, little control.
If a man be truly great he will be compassionate, sympathetic and tolerant. When he is compelled to pass judgment upon others he will temper justice with tender mercy, throwing himself always on the side of the weak, the uninformed and the poverty-stricken.
Thus he will not only go the extra mile in a true spirit of Fellowship, but he will go willingly and graciously. And if the second mile be not enough he will go the third and the fourth, and as many additional miles as may be necessary.
Source: The Master Key to Riches by Napoleon Hill