As Sigmund Freud famously said: “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.” Love is the most powerful subconscious and subliminal energy that exists in human nature, and if love is not managed or sustained properly, there are negative consequences for the poor management and sustenance of love. However, you learn to effectively manage and sustain the energy stemming from love as you grow older, and I can attest to this from personal experience. And there are beneficial and positive economic, political, and social outcomes which can result from love if love is properly managed and sustained. As the late Franco-Iranian philosopher and writer Ali Shariati said:
“Love is a power, a heat that is not produced by the calories or proteins I ingest. It has an unknowable source and can inflame and melt all of my existence; it even impels me to self-denial. Love grants me values higher and more sublime than expediency; and no physical, material, or biochemical account can comprehend it. If love were taken away from man, he would become an isolated, stagnant being, useful only to the systems of production. He might become an engineer or doctor, but that quality of being a man, that extra-material energy – through which men have made history and have forged the great revolutions – would die within his nature, and that burning would cease.”
And as the famous Afghan mystic and poet Bedil Dehlavi said: “Under the captivity of the gleam from her beauty, the glimpse was the spark; Love appeared, and it razed the entire world down to the ground.”
Love elevates an individual out of a local or national community and into a state of limbo. Then, from a state of limbo, love elevates an individual to the level of the international community. Thus, love is the highest value or virtue that can be found in both a local or national community and an international community. If love cannot be found in a local or national community – as was the case in my life – then perhaps love can be found in an international community and on an international level. The key is to not leave one’s community once you are in it. As a writer, I have no intention of abandoning the acquaintances and friends I have garnered in the international community over the course of the last few years, even though they are very few in number because of my lack of notoriety and fame.
One of my readers asked me why I am not famous yet. I responded by saying that the goal or the objective is not to become famous. Rather, the goal is to shape international affairs, and that goal can be achieved without notoriety and fame. In fact, a lack of notoriety and fame can be the saving grace of a person who is seeking to shape international affairs. Some of the greatest activists and writers of the past such as Malcolm X or Henry Kissinger were influenced by certain writers such as Oswald Spengler who had no fame whatsoever. Also, many writers who gained notoriety or fame in the past usually gained that notoriety and fame when they died. Thus, the objective is not to attain notoriety and fame. Rather, the objective is to preserve the energy, essence, or substance needed to shape international affairs, namely, love.