What Is Love?

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Why Existence, Why?

“In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”

– Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

If we come to think about our existence, confronted with the real world, we might be tempted to dread it, right? Indeed, we crush our today, in hopes that tomorrow will be more tranquil, in hopes of living up to the standards that society at large has drawn up for us, eager to please other people that likely won’t care about us.

“Pressure on people, people on streets”
– Freddy Mercury and David Bowie, Under Pressure (1981) – Link

The more pressure a person absorbs, the more likely they are to crack. That is why a person needs an escape, a break from time to time, a hobby, a spiritual adventure, or, most importantly, to commit to a path of inner self-improvement, and to connect meaningfully with others.

So that, not despite the pressure, but thanks to it, we may be as lovely as carbon turning into diamond under pressure.

The Purpose of Togetherness

We are here in this world for each other. That is clear to me.

In isolation, we quickly hit walls; there are limits to what we can achieve alone. At best, some people can still create by themselves because their minds may be strong, and their souls are old and wise. However, at worst, people in isolation can lose themselves without having the ability to find themselves.

However, in friendship, we come together to produce fun, joy, mutual understanding, sharing, and companionship.

When a couple comes together, harnessing the power of deep love, all of the above may also happen.

However, besides producing all the joy, sharing, and other treasures of friendship, such a more profound relationship can also make life happen—like when children come into this world. And then, both parents provide a reference and structure for their children to flourish. Indeed, this can only be achieved with Love.

What Is This Love Thing Anyway

What is love?
Oh baby, don’t hurt me
Don’t hurt me
No more”

– Haddaway (1993) – Link

Love is not “love.” This “love” many people talk about is an expression of selfishness where people expect something valuable (to them) from the other or from the relationship. You can tell there is lower-case “love” involved by how they react when they are not getting it.

Rather, Love is kindness. Unrelenting, unconditional, unabated, boundless, endless, kindness.

To me, Love is our Mother, and we are her children. However, I can’t say it better than an expert, so I’ll leave you with the most distinguished Master on Love I know. I hope you can read, feel, and think about this collage of his poetry on Love:

“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.
Love rests on no foundation. It is an endless ocean, with no beginning or end.
We are born of love; Love is our mother.”

– Rumi

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