Valentine’s day is long past but the prompt was discussing the idea of the essence of love across all forms so I also ask what do they share? You have the obvious romantic love, obvious because it has the greatest story potential and mystique. There is brotherly love and parental love. Then there is more simple loves of places and things that can go all the way down to “I love these new socks”. What is shared across the board here?
There is the simple existence of joy which is shared or perhaps not in the case of the socks. I feel a little like early Depeche with this song…
There is the treasuring side of love where you keep something close to you and by that young Martin Gore’s lyric “like wanting a scar” is somewhat poinant. I think that within that is possibly one part of the heart of love. We risk our own tragic presence of heartbreak and put our emotions on the line with how we cherish. It’s the one thing that made the idea of getting a pet to me for the longest time something I wouldn’t do. As you open your heart to a being, especially in the case of a pet that can not last much past fifteen years, you are inevitably opening yourself to the potential of hurt. You are willing to take the hurt for the being you love. That could also come all the way up to the grander forms. Again you are willing to suffer yourself to be connected. Being alone is safe and secure but it is cold and removed. Being connected to that other person has warmth but that potential for all kinds of damage. Not only do you open yourself up to them, trading your heart for theirs but you also put your needs behind their’s.
Powerful stuff indeed! With the title I fell to thinking of two songs. Gordon Lightfoot’s and Meatloaf’s. You know Mr. Loaf’s so here is a link to a great song by Gord backed by David Foster.
Anything for love
Have a lovely week!
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