I have gotten a message from my wife that I will post here in Anne’s Diary. Ever since Trump won the election, I have taken these messages seriously. In September when I asked her who would win the election she immediatley said "Trump." At the time, of course, he was way behind in the polls and this seemed impossible, so I discounted it. I then asked her, "What will he do?" Her answer was "not much," and now that he has returned to Obama’s foreign policy and seems to be having serious problems because of his connections to Russia, I am thinking that that might be true, also.
But this isn’t a political website and I don’t really spend much time thinking about politics. I mention this only to suggest that there is something valid and real in these communications. I would not advocate the idea of messages from those who have passed as something to definitely believe, but I do think that it is worth seriously considering that her statements come not from my imagination or my lonely grief, but from her as a vital, conscious presence.
So, that said, let me get to some beautiful material I just got from her. First, I felt her come very close to me. It was hard because it made me want her to much to be there again so that I could hold her in my arms and enjoy her physical presence in my life as I did every day for 45 lovely years.
She said, "We’re not the most intelligent species in the universe or the most advanced or the most accomplished, not by any means. In fact, compared to most, we’re rather poor. We don’t have wonderful minds. Our science is simple and pretty confused. We have trouble believing what is real even when it’s staring us right in the face, especially if that’s not what we want to be true.
"But we do have something that makes us special. We are lovers, and in this respect we stand out as a very remarkable achievement of our planet and its star. We humans are deeply, profoundly in love with each other. We have these wars all the time, but if you look at them across history–what they are–they’re lovers’ quarrels.
"We’re too dumb to be objective about our beliefs. We fight furiously for them even though evidence may be entirely lacking. Thinking isn’t our strong suit. Feeling is. That’s why, when Jesus came to us, he spoke so much about love. Love is what we do well. And remember, love is not just sentiment, it is the building block of reality. Even though we can’t understand it, this is what makes us so important.
"We are a species of lovers, but we are also very poor. Our material wealth is very low. The things we make that we think are wonderful are really pretty ordinary. But each of us has a little bit of love. We don’t have much, but it is all each of us has, and so this little bit is very important to us, as is our little life on this planet far away.
"So when you hate another or have contempt for another or reject another, remember that this person is all he has, and if you reject him, you are saying no to all he can give. When one human being finds love for another, it goes like an echo through all the worlds. That’s why we are here, our species, poor in mind and poor in wealth though we are. We are here as a beacon of love.
"Jesus came to us because we are so poor and so alone. He knew that all we have is this love for one another, and also that in love we are NOT poor. In love, we are rich.
"Love one another. It’s simple. It’s all too easy to forget. But it is also all we have.
"That’s your valentine from me, Anne."