This is an ancient teaching. One source of it is the Tanakh, aka Old Testament: ECHAD/ONE does not teach people to live in fear, anger or revenge. ONE teaches the change of a choice to Make Love (e.g. Isaiah 54:8).
Demagogue leaders choosing Destruction over Making Love: Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Bibi Netanyahu.
The people, who have known the Knowledge which ensures Life continues, still exist among us. They have existed among us for millennia, ignored and denied their knowledge simply because of arrogance and self-importance. In the silence that the dominating cultures have forced upon them, they have safeguarded their knowledge.
These people were the first Peacemakers, Protectors, and Caretakers of the World in the beginning.
These people are the first Peacemakers, Protectors, and Caretakers of the World today.
It is their knowledge that leads to a peace we have never known, to a world only experienced by those who are fully connected with Nature. A world unknown to the dominate cultures.
A world we need in order to survive the coming decades.
This is not Fear.
This is Truth.
In Truth, you find strength, courage, connection, and steadfastness of your direction which leads the world.
In Truth, you find Love.
Being in a zoo doesn't mean the animals are being well taken care of in that zoo.
It's not about the money that can be made, it's about saving a species for generations.
Be a caretaker.
You like to read? Share a story and open up a dialogue for discussion in a classroom, a book club, with co-workers, family and friends. Sure, they're children books but we are all learning empathy is for everyone.
Organizations around the world are working hard to bring Caretaking of the World within our reach. Jon Van Gelder of Grounded.org breaks it down for us.
Connecting our selves to all existences in this world begins with recognizing them and rethinking how we see them. The beginning is simply choosing to do. Here is one organization to research (not endorsement).
All of this begins with you, within you for if you do not Love yourself, how can you Love others?
Bonus: Also works for everyone around you!
Love isn't about getting something from someone. It's giving and not needing anything back. It's seeing your Self in someone reflecting back at you.
See others around you ...
There are many guidances to helping others. Lists help me focus, classes not so much cause they cost $. The reality is caretaking is doesn't require $. Just a moment.
This is a great list to begin ...
Understanding Fear is the first step to Negativity bowing before you. You no longer react in destruction, but act in creation. This is work but a great article makes it a little simpler ...
Under the Trump Administration destruction of the National Butterfly Center began because of Fear. There is still work to be done, but today people are coming together to save these essential partners of Life. Learn what you can do to help.
Can we ever say there are too many butterflies?
I don't think so. However, there are far too few butterflies and their numbers are decreasing due to loss of habitat. Here is an article with doable solutions for the garden.
You can also just type in "Save butterflies" in your search engine and find what aligns with you. This may inspire you to see the world around you, not for what it can do for you, but for what can you do for the world, beginning with a butterfly. Listen to Life.
Give bees a place to grow and thrive. It is as simple as planting a garden or changing your pesticide. The USDA is paying attention to them, but that does not mean they do not need us too. We interact with them every day even without knowing it. Bee Aware.
Bees are also an endangered insect upon which our lives depend. Like the butterflies, they pollinate vast amounts of vegetation which supplies not only our food, but also the oxygen that we breathe. A great overview of why and how to help the bees survive.
We all love pretty green lawns and we spend vast amounts of money to keep out the bugs. But many of those pesticides kill bees. Foster a bee-friendly habitat and not only will you destress because you are saving money, but you are chilling with the bees and butterflies.
Begin Creating Your World in Peace
I have learned loveship is not an act, which is limited and specific, but an action which is a coherent process consisting of individual acts. Love, of course, is explained in many different ways by many different people. I am, of course, using the understanding of love found in ancient pre-biblical, biblical and post-biblical civilizations. It is an understanding which was shared by all until during the rise of the Roman Empire when the Romans redefined it into 'friendship' (a future post). In modern words, this ancient understanding is explained as 'creating, aka making, loving, enduring, and balanced relationships founded on steadfast loyalty for the survival of all existences: human, animal or nature'. This understanding was clearly exhibited and documented by the First Nations, Native Americans, Ancient Egyptians, and Ancient Greeks, among many other kingships and civilizations which existed during these ancient times.
The Modern Breakdown: The English suffix '-ship' is "used to form nouns to indicate a “state of being” or “skill"" according to both Dictionary.com and The Britannica Dictionary. The Britannica Dictionary also includes "holding a position or duties of something" with "state of being' or condition (me: a way to live), or having a skill, ability or power". The Etymology Dictionary Online gives a more comprehensive definition for '-ship' as a "word-forming element meaning "quality, condition; act, power, skill; office, position; relation between".
Love, of course, is too complex to nutshell here but we all have the basic understanding of a caring affection for another existence without judgements or prejudices.
So, putting all of this together for us, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), a pay-for-access online dictionary (yes, I paid it and cursed every step as I believe this basic knowledge should be free), defines 'loveship' as follows: in use circa 1500 AD until 19th century (rare before 19th century), meaning "loving behavior; courtship; (also) the state of being in love or being a lover". Courtship is, in the most simplistic meaning, the 'currying of favors with the intent of creating a committed relationship'. This is a generic definition for all uses of courtship, not just courting to get married, while noting all definitions of the relationship courtship were clear it is did not involve actual sexual activity. Loveship has been documented in public use from 1500 to as late as 2006.
Where is Loveship in Our World Today?: We do have people today who are using loveship in a variety of ways and meanings, found in urban dictionaries, online, as names of their bands or groups, etc. Loveship is found in the Collins Dictionary, in their New Word Proposal, as of 2012 as a word being watched with the given meaning: "The love, respect and equality for the God's creations (Be it Human, Animal, Nature)", which is the closest meaning, although a little ethnocentric, to the ancient concept of loveship that has come to be defined as friendship. Loveship is also found in Wiktionary since 2019, when someone added a page with their definition "the act of falling in or making love; courtship", without attestations as required by Wikipedia. Unfortunately, that editor is also refusing to allow me to add the formal attested definition from OED (my last attempt, even after talking to that editor, was on February 11, 2024). The person never gave any reasoning as to why they would not allow the addition of the attested definition from OED, simply silence.
Modern Control of the Understanding of Loveship by Others: However, it is with this Wiktionary page, that we can literally watch how control of a word can change the word's original meaning, not through use, but through someone's own decision, which takes us back to my mention of the Roman Empire above. The Roman Empire also eventually controlled the ancient understanding of loveship, and intentionally redefined it, out of contempt birthed by a lack of knowledge. This 'control' is documented in Ancient Roman authors' works and has been the subject of modern scholarly discussions.
So what is Loveship?: Loveship is the innate state of being which is creating love in and between many cultures. This state of being existed long before the rise of the Roman Empire. This state of being still exists today, although we no longer understand it as we once did.
We are embarking on relearning our lost past through loveship.
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