“We know that some of the greatest movements of history, veritable transformations of the group-mind, can be traced back to a tiny beginning in the faithful spiritual experience and response of some one man, his contact with the center which started the ripples of creative love. If then, we could elevate such universal individuals into the position of herd-leaders, spread their secret, persuade society first to imitate them, and then to share their point of view, the real and sane, because love-impelled social revolution begin. It will begin when more and even more people find themselves unable to participate in, or reap advantage from, the things which conflict with love … There are already for each of us some things in which we cannot participate, because they conflict too flagrantly with some aspect of our love.” ~Evelyn Underhill
It is certainly true that most of the problems of the world would be solved if we simply learned to love each other. But I don’t think the problem is that people don’t love, but that they love the wrong things and love the wrong way. They love with a kind of greedy love, a possessive love.
There are those who love power and will do just about anything to get it. We find this type in politics, as corporate CEOs, or as dictators (which isn’t quite the same thing as a politician). They feel they have a right to decide for everyone what they should or should not do. This also includes self-elected protectors like Edward Snowden who claim they are just out to protect people while they manage to get their huge egos on the front page at least once a month.
There are those who love money just as much. While money generally brings power as well, it is the money that this type loves. They never seem to have enough, no matter how much they have. And yet they are rarely, if ever, generous with money. They pay those who work for them as little as they can get away with, then complain how workers today don’t seem to be motivated to do good work.
And there are those who love material possessions of various types. They are closely related to the money lovers, but not quite the some. While the money lovers will invest money and watch it grow, grow, grow while around them children starve to death by the thousands, this type doesn’t want the money but specific possessions. It may me cars, the most expensive models, of course. It may be houses: one on the east coast, one on the west, one in the mountains and one in Europe or the Bahamas.
Obviously, these types of love are not going to benefit humanity at all, in fact, this type of love is causing much of the problems. So we don’t need more love without being more definitive about the type of love. Specifically, what we really need is more divine love.
Divine love means we recognize our oneness with God and with all of humanity. Even more, our oneness with all of creations. Such a person would never be power hungry or greedy. They would never consider themselves or their immediate family more important than the rest of the world. They will likely have strong opinions on what is right and what is wrong, but they would never think of forcing their beliefs on others. So how do we get this divine love? By awakening our souls and spirits and “feeding” them so that they will grow and fill s with truth and wisdom (gnosis). And the best way to do that is to join a legitimate spiritual school that can teach you how.