A few years ago my husband and I spent some time living in Penang, Malaysia. There I met the most beautiful man, who to this day is a very close friend. We share similar concerns about the environment, about materialism, and the lack of care for the planet. The galloping and frightening pace of change from where we were less than three generations ago, to where we are today, we discussed at great length.
When I first struck up a conversation with him I asked about why the tides around the island no longer behaved as they should. His eyes filled with tears and he asked me if I’d been aware of the constant noise around the island. That, he told me, was to do with dredging in preparation for building three islands, the size of Singapore around Penang.
Yesterday he sent me a bank of wildlife photos taken by another expat some years ago. Almost all of the animals have now disappeared from the island. We discussed in great length, how inconsequential we are as individuals, to effect change.
In response to this he forwarded me a letter written in 1938 by Albert Einstein to his daughter, Lieserl on The Universal Force of Love.
“When I proposed the theory of relativity, very few understood me, and what I will reveal now to transmit to mankind will also collide with the misunderstanding and prejudice in the world.
“I ask you to guard the letters as long as necessary, years, decades, until society is advanced enough to accept what I will explain below.
“There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science has not found a formal explanation to. It is a force that includes and governs all others, and is even behind any phenomenon operating in the universe and has not yet been identified by us. This universal force is LOVE.
“When scientists looked for a unified theory of the universe they forgot the most powerful unseen force. Love is Light, that enlightens those who give and receive it. Love is gravity, because it makes some people feel attracted to others. Love is power, because it multiplies the best we have, and allows humanity not to be extinguished in their blind selfishness. Love unfolds and reveals. For love we live and die. Love is God and God is Love.
“This force explains everything and gives meaning to life. This is the variable that we have ignored for too long, maybe because we are afraid of love because it is the only energy in the universe that man has not learned to drive at will.
“To give visibility to love, I made a simple substitution in my most famous equation. If instead of E = mc2, we accept that the energy to heal the world can be obtained through love multiplied by the speed of light squared, we arrive at the conclusion that love is the most powerful force there is, because it has no limits.
“After the failure of humanity in the use and control of the other forces of the universe that have turned against us, it is urgent that we nourish ourselves with another kind of energy…
“If we want our species to survive, if we are to find meaning in life, if we want to save the world and every sentient being that inhabits it, love is the one and only answer.
“Perhaps we are not yet ready to make a bomb of love, a device powerful enough to entirely destroy the hate, selfishness and greed that devastate the planet.
“However, each individual carries within them a small but powerful generator of love whose energy is waiting to be released.
“When we learn to give and receive this universal energy, dear Lieserl, we will have affirmed that love conquers all, is able to transcend everything and anything, because love is the quintessence of life.
“I deeply regret not having been able to express what is in my heart, which has quietly beaten for you all my life. Maybe it’s too late to apologize, but as time is relative, I need to tell you that I love you and thanks to you I have reached the ultimate answer!
So, love conquers all. How often have we used these words with little or no thought to what they actually mean? Three words that are more challenging than we might first understand.
If we want to change the world we must first understand our own personal stance on the topic. There are many ways to start. The following are just simple ones to set things in motion:
- giving to a cause, and then giving more
- living with less so others can live
- sharing what we have
- doing with less, much less
- being part of an agency for healing
- believing that we CAN make things better
- modelling ways to heal our world
- diligently showing the effect of love
These are simple, doable acts of love.
But there are people in this world who are now taking love to a whole other level, who quietly work to heal our planet, starting in small ways. But the ripple of small things can grow to become extraordinary. Meaningful change begins with an idea, and that idea can grow in ways we might never imagine.
Through medium I have come to know Desiree Driesenaar and her work within the Blue Economy. “We, in the international Blue Economy network, are convinced that entrepreneurs will change the world by changing the rules of the game.’
Theirs is a network of love, maybe not quite the bomb of love that Einstein spoke of, but it’s a young network responsible for responding ‘to basic needs of all with what you have, introducing innovations inspired by nature, generating multiple benefits, including jobs and social capital, offering more with less. — The Blue Economy
‘In our current ways of working, people limit themselves in everything they do. They are reductionist. In Blue Economy thinking we unleash abundance. We restore ecosystems and then design new economic ways with everything nature has to offer.’
Desiree offers up the following blue economy businesses that might inspire hope, and love in us all. Check them out.
There are many award-winning start-ups in our Blue Economy network. Have a look at some inspiring examples:
- Dycle, changing the business case of diapers
- Ekofungi, Future of Hope and Rotterzwam, changing the world with mushrooms
- Blue City, changing the world with entrepreneurial labs, architecture, and collaborations
- Straw by Straw, changing the world of plastic waste
- Paper on the Rocks, changing the world with stone paper
- Dutch Harvest, changing the world with industrial hemp
- Novamont, changing the world with biochemistry
- The Seaweed Company, changing the world with seaweed
Better still, read her inspirational post and see if you too can be inspired by what she and others do, all in the name of love.