段 (단) [dan] – step
階 (계) [gye] – stairs; degree
Imagine how many millions of cells are contained in each person. Every day millions of them die, and new ones take their place. The opportunity to serve as cells for the body of true love becomes a source of pride for them. This is how all things exist – be it animals, fish, vegetables, minerals – they all want to live for the sake of true love, not conceptually, but literally. Walking this path is their only chance to achieve true love.
All living beings ideally desire to be associated with a happy man and woman united in love. And since it is impossible to achieve this goal with one jump, they have to use an additional bridge. Step by step they make their way up, and sooner or later they reach a man or woman. This is their ideal, this is their hope.
For example, the ocean is inhabited by many fish of different species. There are small fish, big fish, and the biggest fish. There is a so-called “food chain” in which smaller creatures are eaten by larger ones. Even the smallest links in the chain have the goal of reaching the man and woman at the very top.
Everything that exists is created with the ideal that “one day I can become part of the cells of the universal center – man and woman.” However, what suits them is not just any ordinary man and woman, but a man and woman united in love.
The world may evolve, rulers may change, politics and the direction of history may change, but the food chain will always remain the same. Smaller beings must support larger ones, while larger ones must help smaller ones.
Western philosophy is fundamentally based on the concept of power. It states that the strong dominate the weak, but this is not consistent with the universal ideal. It is correct to say that all beings die or sacrifice themselves for the sake of love, which is much stronger than any force or authority.