In reflecting upon the most important “words of wisdom” I might offer readers on this first day of 2012, I knew I wanted to share, more than any other thought, that “All You Need Is Love.” Love is so powerful, and creative, a force that it may even have been the impetus through which the universe was created.
Love, in all of its variations, is life giving. “Love never fails. It does not ‘puff up.’ It seeks not her own. It rejoices in truth. It is kind. It bears all things; it hopes all things; it endures all things.” (I Corinthians 13)
“There is nothing you can know that isn’t known. Nothing you can see that isn’t shown. No one you can save who can’t be saved. Nothing you can do, but you can learn how to be you, in time. It’s easy. All you need is love.” (Lyrics from the Beatles’ song above.)
Lee Atwater, whose shrewd mind was behind many Machiavellian machinations that destroyed political careers, after having been diagnosed with brain cancer, told a leading magazine writer that he wanted his final message to the world to be that – in the end – love is all that matters. At the end of his life, he acknowledged that he had been on the wrong track, a limited track, in his political career and he wanted to share his mental demise, for all to see, so that people would realize how transitory, and how shallow, power and intellect are. In his final days, he acknowledged that all he could really understand – when his mind had been taken from him – was love, as expressed in the Bible. A beautiful final gift to the world. A redemptive gift, and one worthy of learning early.