Love and Beauty
Lesson Objective: Understand that our sensitivity to others has the potential to create love and beauty.
Divine Principle Reading
When two entities, discrete manifestations of God’s dual characteristics, form a common base and seek to unite as the third object partner to God and establish a four position foundation, they will engage in give and take action. In accomplishing this, the emotional force that the subject partner gives to the object partner is called love, and the emotional force that the object partner returns to the subject partner is called beauty. The force of love is active, and the stimulation of beauty is passive.
In the relationship between God and human beings, God gives love as the subject partner and human beings return beauty as object partners. In the relationship between a man and a woman, the man is the subject partner, giving love, while the woman is the object partner, returning beauty. In the universe, people are the subject partners who give love to the natural world, and the natural world returns beauty as an object partner. However, when the subject partner and object partner become completely one in harmony, love is found within beauty and beauty is found within love. This is because when a subject partner and object partner become one in circular movement, the subject partner sometimes acts as an object partner, and the object partner sometimes acts as a subject partner.
Activity: Love & Beauty
- In the relationship between subject and object partner:
- The subject partner gives love and is the initiating partner
- The object partner returns beauty and is the responsive partner
- Subject and object partners become fluid through harmony.
- People are constantly changing positions.
- Husbands can reciprocate beauty/attractiveness to the love given to them by their wives.
2. Fake smiles versus real smiles
- Watch this video or discuss fake and real smiles together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SqlilB1w3g
- Which smile is more beautiful?
- What would cause this beautiful smile?
- Genuine love and care causes the more beautiful smile
- Insincerity causes the less beautiful and fake smile
5. The impact of subjectivity:
- Split the youth into groups of 3.
- Have each person write down a characteristic or quality on a piece of paper (can be positive or negative, such as: intelligent, funny, arrogant, impatient, etc.).
- Ask each person to pass their paper to the person to the right of them.
- Have each person tape the piece of paper given to them on their forehead so that others can see what is written on it. Make sure they don’t see what is written on their paper.
- Instruct the youth to interact with one another and ask them to treat each person based on the characteristic given to them on their piece of paper.
- After a few minutes, gather together and see if the youth can guess what was written on their paper.
- Briefly share in their small groups: How did you feel about yourself based on how people were treating you?
- When we make judgments about someone’s character we put ourselves in the subject position.
- To be a good subject partner, we need to have God’s point of view in those situations.
- If we don’t, then we end up hurting people’s feelings.
- Instead of giving love we are giving negative judgments.
- Instead of returning beauty, the object partners would return unhappiness and anger.
- When we give love as a subject partner, we make things beautiful and attractive.
- Such as a pet that you love, but no one else thinks is cute
- Share an experience where something someone else did made you feel hurt or lonely.
- Share an experience where something someone else did made you feel happy.
Concluding Point: Our daily interactions have the potential to cause happiness or hurt based on the quality of our sensitivity to others. With this in mind, we want to work towards giving love and care to others so that we can create beauty and joy in our lives.