Part 2 of this post.
Have you ever pondered on unconditional love? Like all other truth, the principle is both progressive, meaning it has deeper and deeper meanings, and inaccessible at significantly deeper levels by those who are still grappling with a basic understanding of it.
When I consider those I know well enough to measure their possession of this quality fairly accurately, I lament that it is so rare.
Here is a thought. Why do people do what they do in life? For the vast majority of people, everything they do is motivated by profit. That profit might be monetary, or power-based, or ideology-based, or reward-after-this-life based. It is all about profit. No matter where you look on this earth, or what situation may be unfolding, you will find that the behavior of humans is describable by this one motive.
How widespread is the profit motive? I think the absence of it may be the rarest quality in the world. Even among Christians, who should know better, the vast majority are reward-after-this-life and/or ideology-conquest minded.
The profit motive can be boiled down to one simple question: What is in it for me?
Unconditional love does not ask that question. It simple asks, "what can I do for another?" There is no question of cost except in terms of capability. What you lose in the exchange is not part of the equation.
God's purpose is to bring to pass the eternal life of man. It isn't connected to his outcome. It is wholly selfless.
As long as you are profit motivated, you are subject to this world. You are subjected to other things, people, and beings. Only when you completely let go of that can you truly be free. When you lose yourself, you find yourself. The only true power is the power to not care about yourself, to only care about others.
Why is selflessness so rare in people? Why is it so hard for people to see that they are motivated by profit? Why is it so hard to see that personal profit is worthless?