By B.K. |
Date: 2008 Jan 12
Comment on this Work
Loves way of dealing with us is different from consciences way. Conscience commands; love inspires. What we do out of love, we do because we want to do it. Love is, indeed, one kind of desire; but it is a kind that takes us out of ourselves and carries us beyond ourselves, in contrast to the kind that is self-seekinga kind that includes the desire for the extinguishedness of Nirvana. Love is freedom; conscience is constraint; yet, in two points, our relation to love is the same as our relation to conscience. We are free to reject loves appeal, as we are free to reject consciences command; yet love, like conscience, cannot be rebuffed with impunity. Rebuffed, love will continue to importune us; and this for the reason for which a violated conscience does. Loves authority, like consciences, is absolute. Like conscience, too, love needs no authentication or validation by any authority outside itself. Speculations about loves credentials, or lack of credentials, cannot either enhance or diminish loves absoluteness.|
ATTRIBUTION: A.J. (Arnold Joseph) Toynbee (18891975), British historian. Experiences, pt. 1, ch. 9, Oxford University Press (1969).