I'd offer that "love" as Ueshiba meant it, may be a bit different than how Westerners interpret it. More along the lines of harmony, accord and balance than of warm affection or anything related to that emotion.
Well said, Cady.
Here, what with absolutes.
Liberté, egalité and fraternité, a trinity, if not adequately defined and confined, as absolutes per se, one of them would surely be excluded by the other two of them put together.
Loving protection for all things, what a wonderful idea, but still in reality where does it exist? All over the known universe extinction of whole planetary systems and here on earth extinction of whole species is what we observe. We may call this creation in process.
Couldn't it be, that we poor human creatures by our natural gift, the ability to think and reflect, simply do need to give and find order in our ways to describe and reflect this chaotic reality, so as to not get lost in despair? Isn't it in reality we who create the physical order and laws we believe to have objectively found, because it' s our way to see things, and create beliefs and religions to draw hope out of the otherwise impossible?
Perhaps, all we can do is strive for some harmony, accord and balance?