Powerful TLS signed “Love, Phil" with added heart and arrow, three pages, 8.5 x 11, January 11, 1981. In-depth letter to science fiction author Patricia Warrick, in part: "Just a short follow-up note on my previous letter. It seems to me that the kind of love expressed by Jesus—which is an image of the Father's love—is a maternal, not a Paternal, love. It is sheltering and protecting (Hence 'I am the good shepherd') and, most of all, it is unconditional; a father's love, i.e. masculine love, sets conditions; it judges. That God has this accepting love as his einai (essence /nature) is a new disclosure in history; this is agape specifically, nourishing and shielding…and yet it derives from the Torah which stipulates that the strong should protect the weak, the helpless, the poor, the disadvantaged, the stranger, the old, even down to animals and certain cherished trees. I go into this protecting aspect of the Torah in The Divine Invasion. On the other hand, the Empire (Rome) is Mars personified; it is judging, harsh, demanding: Mars the iron-tipped spear in contrast to the wound.
I recall Wilhelm Reich's masterpiece The Origins of Fascism in which he identifies fascism with patriarchal societies, and left wing progressive socialism with matriarchal societies. So this idea is not really original with me. I have read articles, too, that studied the interesting and profound relationships that Jesus had with women; he liked their company and seemed to have a vast affinity for them. It would seem that he expressed the female, motherly virtues of mercy, forgiveness, toleration…did he not sit with the debris of society without judging them? Without in anyway condemning them? This agape love (which comes originally from the Father called by Jesus 'Abba,' which in English roughly means 'Daddy') is tender and gentle, and, most of all, it ratifies the einai in the person because it does not seek to change that person's einai (I discuss this in Maze of Death, where the Savior compares Seth Morley to an old tomcat that Morley had whom Morley loved unconditionally despite all the cat's wicked ways); hence God wills (which he must) but he also allows—which is to say permits. My conception of the Father's love is that he wishes the person to be what that person truly is, to completely develop along his own unique ontological lines; thus God allows the greatest freedom possible while still guiding the person in God's role as Pantocrator…
For my own self, a very good psychiatrist—the best I ever had—told me in 1976 that the kind of love I exhibited (for example toward Doris with her cancer) was a maternal, not a paternal, kind; I passed no judgments and asked nothing back: I only wanted to take care of her. Dr. Onne traced this back to the death of my twin sister; he said that if I researched it I would find that I had been born first, and that my whole orientation in life is to find someone to take care of as I 'failed' to take care of my sister; that is, I want to make up for the neglect that led to her death (she was not taken to the hospital until too late; my mother and father literally let her starve to death, as a baby; a visiting health inspector from the city of Chicago happened to come by randomly, saw my and my sister's condition and had us taken at once to a hospital. I survived; Jane did not). I did obtain my birth certificate in 1977 and sure enough I was born before Jane. This also explains why I sheltered runaways in Marin County—which is what brought the wrath of the authorities down on me—and why, within the last several years, I have extensively supported Covenant House in New York which exits s specifically to shelter, feed, protect and in all manner of ways aid runaway street children. (The AI voice which speaks to me said, not very long ago, that the reason I received divine aid back in 1974 was due to my later on helping the kids at Covenant House; oh yes: the voice explained that I had sent money to help the kids without ever inquiring as to whether they deserved help, whether they were good kids or bad kids; and so in return I had been helped, in fact adopted; the AI voice said, 'You have been adopted,' meaning of course—as I later discovered in reading the N.T.—what is spoken of in Paul's letters as 'our becoming that adopted sons of God.' I had not thought of this angle until just this minute, but here is a very clear instance of what I mean by God's maternal, unjudging love, and how we are to mirror it in our own lives." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope.
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