Love is the world’s only universal language. Some say its mathematics but I can name plenty of people who aren’t fluent in arithmetic, including myself. Others will tell you that money is the great equalizer. Money is universally loved by those who choose to place value and faith in it; not everyone chooses to do this or is even able to do this.
Love crosses all national borders and religious belief systems; it is engrained in the very fabric of the human soul and there is no escaping that. Everyone wants support, everyone wants companionship, everyone wants to love and be loved. I believe that love is the one and only thing that truly unites all people. A child born in India longs for his mothers comforting touch just as much as one born in Brazil. A soldier’s wife waiting at home in Odessa prays every day for the safe return of her husband, just as the wife of the Palestinian freedom fighter hopes for his homecoming.
Two years ago a close friend of mine lost her battle with cancer. Through this extremely painful and difficult time I was able to see that love was the one and only thing that could possibly comfort her friends and family. The incredible outpouring of help and support was truly an amazing thing to see and I know it had a profound impact on my views of humanity. I don’t know that Erin’s parents will ever truly be “ok”. Losing your child when she had so much life left to live and so much more to give to the world is something that might be impossible to truly accept. But with the love of others they have found a way to make it through the daily routines of life.
Often times in the rat race of life it would seem that nobody is worried about anything except their own wants and needs. People step on each other to get their way and fight one another in order to improve their standing. We live in a competitive world where only the strong survive. But I truly feel that, when all the distractions of everyday life are pushed aside, people desire love more than anything else.