Biography: Carl Mesle is a retired minister with the Community of Christ Church in Independence, Missouri. He is my dad and Meg’s granddad. Carl has dedicated his life to his church and his community. He wrote and taught on creating healthy families and healthy children. He retired as Pastor of the Stone Church in Independence. At age 97 and in failing health, he wrote what he describes as his “final” letter to the editor of our hometown newspaper. It was published in the Independence Examiner, May 31, 2012.
The Power of Love is Transcendent
Love–sacrificial, caring love–is the greatest power in the world. It abolishes hate. It brings people together in caring communities. It provides the pathway to unity. It provides the power to bring couples together and to produce children in caring familities, and it offers the support of relatives and friends.
On the wider community level, it offers peace between nations and cultures and provides a mutually compatible relationship between humans, animals and the resources of nature. It eliminates warfare. It is expressed in the care of animals. It makes it possible for people to labor together to create buildings of beauty and sturdiness. It provides the foundation of human endeavors, which permit the exploration of the seas and the skies.
Loving and caring for oneself is also essential to living one’s best. Possibly the most exciting and satisfying element of love is expressed in the intimate, physical experiences in the sexual relationship of mating, but only when it is mutually sought and enjoyed.
There are several kinds of love, that of lovers, that in the everyday working of couples in marriage, that of a parent for a child, that of laying one’s life down for a friend, and that spiritual love exchanged between God and his worshipers.
Please note: the views expressed in this article are not necessarily those of the primary authors of Shifting the Balance. However, we think it is important to encourage the free flow of ideas in order to promote collective action and compromise. In order to keep the country “in balance” we believe we should all work together, and that means sharing and respecting ideas, including those that may be different from our own.