The Love Movement Manifesto
The Love Movement seeks to change the world through Love. Love is the most important and powerful force that exists. Love is the most basic human need. Love has gone largely unstudied and it is not a subject taught popularly in schools nor is it given much real attention. Yet, it is the only thing that could truly solve our problems. It is time it got the attention it deserved and comes to front and center. This is the purpose of the Love Movement.
Love is so important that our survival depends on it. Our race is at an important crossroads right now. There are only two ways we can go. One is toward Love and the other is toward selfishness. Those that choose selfishness will destroy themselves and others and those that choose Love will survive. So this is a matter of survival. We all know and understand that if we cannot learn how to love each other we will not be able to survive.
Thankfully, it turns out that Love is a simple science that can be reproduced by anyone following a logical set of steps. First, we define Love as seeking the well-being of everyone. If we think about it, then, the first step to Love is obvious. We can’t love someone we are hurting at the same time so the first step to Love is to stop hurting others. If I embrace someone with my right arm while punching them in the face with my left, then that is not Love. Obviously, I need to stop punching if I want to love. Before we can even begin to talk about Love, we have to take that first step, which is to stop hurting.
It turns out that there is only one scientific way that we can be absolutely guaranteed not to hurt anyone and that is by living in harmony with the Ten Commandments. We must be quick to add that this is a real science, and not just any version of the ten commandments will do. The shocking truth is that in the religious world, where people think the Ten Commandments are to be found, there is almost no regard for them, and the popular version of them as taught in religions across the world is different from the real version, which can be found in Exodus 20:3-17. It turns out that the changes to the real Commandments as taught by religions popularly to billions across the world have lead, and are leading, people to create the scenario of hurt described above where one embraces someone with one arm while punching them with the other. This is an extremely dangerous scenario because the people doing the hurt are not conscious of what they are doing and they are therefore not motivated to stop. On the contrary, they think they are doing a positive good, and they seem quick to reject any suggestion of the harm they are causing. On top of all that, they wield tremendous power and influence. But make no mistake, the real Ten Commandments, as found in Exodus 20:3-17, are the only scientific way we can be absolutely guaranteed to not hurt someone.
Here is the text of Exodus 20:3-17, the Ten Commandments:
First: 3 “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.
Second: 4 “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them; for I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me, 6 and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep My commandments.
Third: 7 “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.
Fourth: 8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work; 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
Fifth: 12 “Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Sixth: 13 Thou shalt not kill.
Seventh: 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Eigth: 15 “Thou shalt not steal.
Ninth: 16 “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Tenth: 17 “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s.”
These are the real Ten Commandments. Let’s focus on some necessary underlying facts about them, and some important background information to remind us of what they really are. First, the Ten Commandments existed before they were written in Exodus 20. We are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27). You look like God! Not only outside, but inside as well. The inside image of God in us is the Ten Commandments. When the first people, Adam and Eve were created (Genesis 1 and 2), their nature was in complete harmony with them. No one had to tell them to follow the Commandments because it was who they were, what they were, on the inside. Before they disobeyed God, Adam and Eve knew nothing that was not in harmony with the Ten Commandments.
However, when they disobeyed God by eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16-17 and 3:1-6), they fell into judging for themselves what is good and what is evil and quickly their powers of judgment were impaired until not too long after Adam and Eve, humankind had come to develop a very strange array of ideas about who they were, where they came from, and where they were going.
This makes perfect sense of what we observe and quite accurately describes our human experience. When we seek to understand for ourselves, we can only do so from a very limited frame of reference. We are finite beings and it is impossible for us to see the totality of what we need to see to survive from that limited perspective. Which means one important, scientific, fact: that when we act on our own we are ALWAYS fatality limited by things we cannot see, that we cannot account for, and that we cannot therefore overcome and that will subsequently destroy us. This is why Adam and Eve eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil resulted in their death.
We said that after they did that, humankind descended into a chaos of identity crisis where it began to develop strange ideas about who they were, where they came from, and where they are going, as a result. Soon, they were ascribing things done by the one true God to a pantheon of gods with illogical attributes, imagining their forms and creating images of them that they would bow down to. The man-created gods have proven to be the bane of human existence, as their adherents force them onto the next generation. The societal effect of false gods is devastating. When a new generation is born, if it is born into a society that believes in false gods, it quickly becomes burdened with false ideas and beliefs that it now must overcome in order to just get to a state of basic normalcy. If that generation cannot overcome the false ideas and beliefs, it must then champion them and come into conflict with other people and society who hold their own but different set of false ideas and beliefs. It will perpetuate the process by handing down the false ideas and beliefs to the next generation, producing the sort of living hell that the world groans under today. All of this simply because they forgot who they are, where they came from, and where they are going.
When it comes to beliefs, human beings can become incredibly stubborn and prideful. Actually, the problem doesn’t begin so much with humanity in general, but a few selfish bullies who have the audacity to invent the false beliefs in the first place, and then the further audacity to force people to believe their false way and threaten those that don’t conform with consequences, even at times death. But, once a society adopts a false set of ideas and beliefs, it is extremely hard for it to break free from them because of this underlying terrorist threat against individuals in it for non-conformance. The second half of that issue is that if they try to break free, what will they break free to? If they don’t know the truth, then it will just be some other false ideas and beliefs. This tends to perpetuate the status quo because very few individuals have enough motivation to break free from false ideas and beliefs, especially if it can mean harm or death, if it’s just to move to a different set of them. Only the truth offers enough reason to break free, because without the truth there obviously is no future and only destruction awaits anyway, so in that case it’s worth risking everything.
We should highlight this by reiterating it plainly: This struggle for truth is the greatest human struggle that exists, and if we can break free from the lies of false ideas and beliefs, then, and only then, can we have a viable future. By contrast, everything else leads to death and destruction. This struggle for truth is therefore the most important thing we can give our attention and energy to, and our survival depends on us finding the truth.
The search for truth is at once deceptively easy and deceptively hard. People tend to stumble onto the truth and embrace it, only to let go of it when the implications of following it become seemingly difficult. They then tend to settle for a shell of the truth all the while believing they still possess it in it fullness and power. Soon they begin to adorn the truth with false ideas that suit their fancy and suddenly they are going down the wrong path and taking others with them.
Let’s take some examples. In one religion, it is taught that human beings were spirits involved previously in a war in heaven and that when a person is born into this world, one of those spirits, that was either neutral or on God’s side in that war, gets a body, which they need to move forward in their existence. Consequently, the women in this religion are taught that they should have as many children as possible to fulfill their role of providing bodies for those spirits. Here is the problem with that: It is impossible for a mother to look at her child and love them in a proper natural way if she thinks they are a pre-existing spirit. That one false belief destroys the natural bond between mother and child by getting in the middle of it and interfering with it. How sad, and horrible, really. That one false belief alters the destiny of those involved, essentially leading them to places that we in our humanity were not designed to go, believing we are something we are not, and because of that unable to answer the deep questions of life, which answers we need to truly satisfy our souls, and, importantly, unable to safely move forward into the future.
Scientifically, every false belief is on a collision course with reality and cannot be sustained. A person can either hold on to a false belief and go down with the ship when it goes down when it crashes with reality, or they can abandon ship and take safety in the true belief. The same applies by extension to communities, nations, and the whole world.
Mostly, the story of religion is the story of going down the wrong path. Often, we can trace back to where a wrong turn was made in the terms of a false idea that was adopted as truth. One aspect of false ideas that makes them so dangerous is that they change a person’s perception of who they are and then they act accordingly. The world is a result of the collective actions of people, and when the individual actions that make up that collective are based on false beliefs, then that alters the world in a negative way. It places a great burden on the world, forcing it to deal with actor or actors that run in contrary to the interest of the whole.
The theme of religion being the primary obstacle to the implementation of the Ten Commandments while it pretends to promulgate them is a large and recurring theme within the Love Movement because we know that religion is going to strip us of our civil rights and force us to obey its dictates in the name of false commandments, and only those who understand the science behind this issue will be able to survive when that happens, so this is a life and death issue that with time we will fully develop.
The true Ten Commandments are first and foremost practical. If we live in harmony with them it makes the most practical difference imaginable. It’s crucially important that we look at the world and ask ourselves, “what are the problems that we are facing? and how can we solve them?” It may surprise us to learn that the most practical thing any of us alive on this planet today can do to help solve our problems is to choose to live in harmony with the Ten Commandments. The problems we face are practical ones. If you’ve ever had anything important stolen from you, then you know how it can impact your life for months, or years, or even your whole life. If you’ve ever had a loved one that was killed, then you know a pain and devastation that no one should have to experience. If you live in a community where these things happen regularly, then you understand the helplessness and hopelessness that attend such violations of our rights. Here we mention two of the Commandments – to not kill, to not steal. Imagine the worldwide transformation that would take place if the world stopped violating only those two Commandments! Our keeping of these Commandments is an act of Love that transforms the world.
All of this points to some very important principles necessary for our survival. We absolutely must develop clear thinking on this subject or we will destroy ourselves. That’s how critical it is for us to understand this. We must break this down until it becomes clear to us. Again, there are only two ways we can go, Love and selfishness. Love leads toward believing and affirming the Ten Commandments and beginning to establish them in our lives because that is the practical way we can make Love real. The other way is to focus on some selfish goal that has no greater meaning and can’t contribute to the survival of our race. What happens when we go either of these ways? Following the latter will lead to a dead end. But, if we choose Love and the Ten Commandments, then a whole host of wonderful things become possible that would have otherwise been impossible. The possibility of changing the world actually exists. It works like this: each of us has free will. And each of us gets to decide the kind of world that we want. Each of us, in the deep recesses of our hearts, wants a world where no one kills, or steals, commits adultery, mistreats their parents, etc., and we all long for a perfect world where none of those things happens. We all long for the end to the sense of weariness, and the promise of ease, that comes when those heavy and burdensome problems are finally ended.
So, if that’s the kind of world I want then it all starts with me. That’s just simple logic. I can’t get someone else to do something that I’m not doing myself. If I want a perfect world, then it all begins with me. In fact, if we think about it, it’s the only way it could ever work. If I don’t decide for myself to work towards creating this perfect world, then someone will be deciding how my world will be for me. What are their interests? Where will they lead me? The obvious outcome of such a scenario is exactly what we have today. We don’t have a functional society, but we live in a world placed in the hands of selfish human beings whose purpose generally is to maximize their power and wealth – that other way of selfishness we talked about. In January 2017, Oxfam published the shocking news that just 8 men own the same wealth as half the world. How can that be? What kind of a crazy world do we live in and how can we change it?
It turns out that this incredible disparity is a direct result of we the people not understanding this issue about the Ten Commandments. What we mean by that is that the Ten Commandments are the perfect political system that guarantee two very important things that we need as human beings. One, they preserve the rights of every single human being. As such, they represent the last great human rights struggle. And, two, they allow for infinite growth. There is no other political system that can guarantee these two things. Communism can’t. Capitalism can’t. Democracy can’t. For example, capitalism doesn’t work for a huge swath of the earth’s population because the system forces everyone to live and depend on money but then it fails to allocate money to everyone justly. If some people are not a ‘good investment’ resources simply do not flow to them, and they die. This structural violence is said to claim nearly 20 million lives a year  – or three holocausts! That fact should be shocking to us. Nearly two hundred years ago slavery was an accepted practice. In the West, America fought a civil over the issue, and there were two classes of people. Most claimed to be Christians. One class actually used their Christian beliefs and the Bible to justify slavery. The other used them to try to abolish it. We now see with clarity that the latter was the correct position. Is there any doubt in our minds today what side we should choose to be on? Should we just stand back while three holocausts take place annually?
Or take democracy. What happens if 50% plus 1 of the people decide to vote for something foolish? The other 50% minus 1 just have to go along with it, even if it leads to destruction. Or what happens when 98% don’t care for the 2% minority? They can often end up in camps and as refugees and asylum seekers. The Ten Commandments are a political system just as these systems are, but with literally none of the defects, and implemented a different way. They must be implemented first and last in the hearts of those that want this better world we speak of.
This is a revolution that doesn’t need leaders. Or better put, we all become leaders, gently guiding others toward Love when we live in harmony with the principles of the Ten Commandments. But the concept that some leader can solve all of our problems doesn’t exist for us. Indeed, our present leaders can be seen as all promoting conflicting ideas, none of which is right. Which means they can’t be trusted because they claim to know how to govern and how things function but they don’t even know about the Ten Commandments being the perfect political system. Which means we have to take control of our futures ourselves, and these principles empower us more than anything else that exists. Love empowers us.
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2. Article Abstract – “The Demography of Structural Violence”, http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/002234337701400104 ↑