A friend of mine recently told me that “love is a priviledge.” Granted, this was in the context of how distracted Americans are by the antics of our Presidential debates, meanwhile there are more impending, big picture issues like WWIII …
This statement has been festering in me since, and I want to dig into it a bit.
First of all, I couldn’t disagree with my friend more. My initial response to this statement was to say that not everybody can focus on the possibility of WWIII, and that by not doing so one hasn’t chosen ignorance or bliss, but rather nurture and hope. Particularly mothers and fathers have to maintain a minimum level of hope at all times when raising our young, and when you have something so vast and out of your control like war in your forethoughts, that hope can quickly diminish.
But to me, this is less about social issues and politics, but more about our disregard and undervalue of love. How dare you call it a priviledge. I believe to the core of my existence that love is innate, that everybody possesses this from the start. Every living being has a purpose, a contribution to the existence of this earth. Even the mosquito, who could disappear forever and will have no real impact on the earth…EXCEPT, the rainforest would have been long gone by now. Because of the mosquito, humans have not been able to survive the rainforest long enough to destroy it.
I’d like to believe that humans are more exceptional than the mosquito, though we’ve managed to spread disease and take out entire populations just like they have. But what do humans do that no other living being does? We ingenue fantastical ways to exist with each other, and be on top of the food chain. Why? Why do we do all of this? Because we want to go to war? Because we are so controlling as a predator of this earth that we would be willing to take out entire regions through nuclear warfare to prove our power? This is our purpose as humans?
No. Power is Loves ugly head reared and on full display. It is the disllusionment of what our purpose is about. The crux of a fight is love. Love of this beautiful land, love of your spiritual beliefs, love of your family, love of your lover; LOVE is why we fight. Money doesn’t have love but it has become the motivational force behind all of our fighting, the thing that jades humans of our purpose.
Love is not our priviledge, it is our purpose.