The name for that cohesive force

Scientists tell us that,
without the presence of the cohesive force amongst the atoms that comprise this globe of ours,
it would crumble to pieces and we would cease to exist;
and even as there is cohesive force in blind matter,
so must there be in all things animate,
and the name for that cohesive force among animate beings is Love.


Mohandas Gandhi, 1920


In The Morning

“In the morning when you rise unwillingly, let this thought be present – I am rising to the work of a human being. Why wouldn’t I be satisfied to do the things I exist for and for which I was brought into the world? 
Or was I made for this, to lie in bed and keep myself warm? But this is more pleasant
Do I exist then to take my pleasure and not at all for action or exertion? Don’t I see the little plants, the little birds, the ants, the spiders, the bees working together to put in order their several parts of the universe? And aren’t I willing to do the work of a human being and don’t I hurry to do things according to my nature?”
Marcus Aurelius, 2nd Century