kerravonsen: galaxy: "Behold, it was very good" (behold-good)
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Heaven declares: the sum of Everything is Love.
Love never ends.
Therefore the sum of Everything is Infinity.

Hell disputes: Love is naught.
Therefore the sum of Everything is Zero.

Hell's ways are narrow and small,
grasping and desperate;
For the sum of Everything is Zero.
Giving is losing
Generosity is weakness
For nothing is gained without taking from another.
The laws of scarcity apply.
If resources are scarce, accounting must be strict.
The books must balance,
The beans must be counted
Even in a den of thieves.
Debts are never forgiven;
they are collected with interest.
Number One is greater than Everything, for One is greater than Zero.
Power is the only rule,
Selfishness the only virtue.

Heaven's virtues derive from abundance.
There is no scarcity in Love, no clock ticking down to nothing.
There are eternities of patience in Heaven's stores.
Mercy is more fruitful than Justice,
for Mercy adds when Justice subtracts;
Forgiveness multiplies while Vengeance divides.
Though the tally of Justice must still be filled,
The accounting of Love pays all debts in full, overflowing,
For debts are merely finite against the infinity of Love.
To give is to gain, for it delivers
Love to the power of two;
Both giver and receiver are blessed.
Heaven's ways are open-handed and kind,
Generous and full of hope
For the sum of Everything is Infinity.

Date: 2017-03-26 10:37 pm (UTC)
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamflower
I love this poem. Not only is it a great summation of the major differences between Good and Evil, but the theme of pure mathematics suits it wonderfully.

And I love the structure, balanced stanza to stanza, with words chosen carefully--it works as well as a poem as it does a creed.

BTW, I hope you will take it as the compliment I mean it for to say it sort of reminds me of CS Lewis.

Would you mind dreadfully if I linked to this in one of my Lent posts this week? (I try to make a post of something uplifting or thought-provoking or joyful or just inspiring each day during Lent.) It's too late for today to get your permission, I'm sure, but if you say it's OK, I would like to use it tomorrow or the next day?

If not, I understand. Some people don't want strangers rushing to their LJs.

Date: 2017-03-27 07:11 pm (UTC)
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamflower
I posted it here:

It just went up (2:09PM, US Central DST), so I doubt anyone's seen it yet.


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