Mandatum Antiquus

Love each other.

The master sat in front of the room, eyes closed, deep in meditation. His students sat, crossed legged, peacefully awaiting his teaching. Only after an intentionally precise period, did he open his eyes, directly and softly looking at his pupils. Then, with no air of authority, with no attachment, with no desire, he smiled and said, “Love each other.” After fully exhaling the entirety of the breath that followed his last word, he closed his eyes and returned to his meditation. 

The commandment he gave is perhaps the most ancient from any civilization; yet it has been, and will remain the most relevant.