Love Requires One to Be Strong
His main frunction is to help unfold his true Self.
Equal to this function is helping others to become strong, and perfect themselves as unique individuals.
He will do his best by affording all persons the opportunity to show their feelings, express their aspirations, and share their dreams.
He must see the forces labedled "evil" as emanating from suffering people who, like himself, are "human" and in the process of attempting to perfect their "beings".
He must combat these forces of evil through an active love which is deeply concerned and interested in each person's free quest for self-discovery.
He must learn that he cannot be loved by all men. That is the ideal. In the world of men, it is not often found. He can be the finest plum in the world, ripe, juicy, sweet, succulent, and offer himself to all. But he must remember there will be men who do not like plums.
He must understand that if he is the world's finest plum and someone he loves does not like plums, he has the choice of becoming a banana. But he must be warned that if he chooses to become a banana, he will be a second rate banana. But he can always be the best plum.
He must realize that if he chooses to be a second rate banana, he runs the risk the loved one finding him second best and, wanting only the best, discarding him. He can spend his life trying to become the best banana---which is impossible if he is a plum--or he can seek again to be the best plum.
He must endeavor to love all men even if he isn't loved by them. He doesn't love to be loved, he loves to love.
He must reject no man, for he realizes that he is a part of every man and to reject even one man, is to reject himself.
He must know that if he loves all men and is rejected by one, he must not pull away in fear, pain, or disappointment.
He must believe that it is not the world that is ugly, bitter, and destructive, but it is what man has done to the world that makes it appear so.
He must be a model. Not a model of perfection, a state not oftent reached by man, but a model human being. For being a good human being is the greatest thing he can be.
He must be able to forgive himself for being less than perfect.
He must understand that change is inevitable, and that when it is directed in love and self-realization, it is always good.