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A lot of people use the word love.  Popular songs, needless to say, are riddled with the word.  It is a word that is so easily dished out; however, its profound depth of meaning may have been long neglected or absent in human culture.  If love, for an individual, is tied to self-interest, or motive, it is likely not actually deep love; then, in such very numerous cases, it is involved with (or “is”) desire.  If self-motive is involved, then it usually is mere desire, relish, and craving.  Deep love is not what is mere desire or what involves self-motive.  If one says one loves one’s nation or immediate family, for instance, but does not deeply care for all humanity and all forms of life as a whole… then that so-called love may just be a form of self-gratification or motive for security (out of fear). 

Profound love goes far beyond mere sensation, far beyond mere gratification from stimuli.  A merely greedy, avaricious mind cannot be of it.  It may be that few people (on this little globe) truly have love.  It may be a rare jewel that one cannot cultivate or exploit.  Like humility, one cannot program it to occur or make it happen; additionally, one “of it” would not “know” that one is imbued with what it is.  Though it cannot merely be cultivated or manufactured, it may occur in a very perceptive mind that is deeply aware of internal and external relationship.  Most, unfortunately, perceive with (and “as”) separation; this negates love via innumerable limited psychological walls and barriers.   Does one really love another, or is it an image (or set of images) that one’s set of internal images are associated with and fixated upon?  Is — in the mind — one set of images that cling to another set of images what profound love is?  What is limited, self-centered, and small cannot — by natural law — deeply be in harmony with the whole.  The limited (mind) will cause conflict (internally and externally), friction, wars, turmoil, pollution, and suffering.  In awareness that is not the product of the separative images and patterns that others cling to in limitation, the free mind is of an untethered vastness that largely transcends what causes suffering, friction, and prejudice.  Such a mind has no borders and, therefore, love is possible.

 

 

Mating Butterfly (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017

Mating Butterfly (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017

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  1. It’s a complicated emotion with many meanings, as you say Tom. But one to be celebrated always. Great photos too.

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  2. Great piece. I am convinced that in this day and age, love is a temporary thing, a word used in the moment to address many different things. A strong emotional word but used in so many different connotations that it becomes a figure of speech. Personally, I have been in love and also have loved many things but eventually, they all pass.

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  3. wonderful words for a wonderful thing: love. You have described well what real love is, Thomas, have a nice day, regards Mitza

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  4. Perhaps we all start with loving mostly for things that love brings, which is joy, warmth, safety, connectedness… but through all that we also begin to learn to love all that is, as something within one’s soul is altered, maybe for us to be able to go beyond borders, separation or mere self-gratification, yes… and it feels that it is almost one’s duty to take that step, sooner or later in life. 🙂

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  5. I appreciate this thoughtful perspective Tim. Profound love goes beyond personal emotion, and becomes a sensing or knowing that everything is connected. Let it flow 😎

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  6. Thank you for this wonderful question Tom, it’s maybe enough just to bear it in mind; where is love? Is it here, there?

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  7. Well said, Tom! Sometimes, in some cases I can’t help but wonder, the one who says love… is asking for love. Thank you for your insightful words. Beautiful images!

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