Wednesday, 3 February 2010

If Life Is All Bewildering - What is Love?

If life is all bewildering what is love? The thing that grinds us down and brings us to our knees; a metaphysical notion with all the power that an idea can wield or a concrete reality. - Perhaps all those things?

A part of life that is our weakness and our strength. They say with love you will find reserves of strength, compassion, hope and faith you never knew you had and because of love you will feel your heart crack and break many times over in the course of your life time.


"To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore to love is to suffer, not to love is to suffer. To suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy then is to suffer. But suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness. I hope you're getting this down." - Woody Allen,

Are we grist to its mill or could we live a life in the absence of love?

Since life is so bewildering, random and confounding I don't think so. The ineffable quality of love defies the possibility of giving it a full and proper definition but love makes us braver and better people than we believe ourselves capable of being. When our actions surprise even us they are often actions inspired by our individual understanding of what love is.

"Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence." - Erich Fromm

Perhaps love is the glue that holds this mess that we call life together.

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