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athgarvan

LOVE

I'm reflecting these days on Community in which 'love' is of the essence. I, myself, have always defined love as giving (rather than receiving). C. S. Lewis seems to agree with me.

In his book "The Four Loves", he takes the reader on a quest to discover and explore 4 kinds of love: affection, friendship, Eros, and charity. He goes into depth on each subject, but his true message seems to be that the four are almost always intertwined and that they are at their most intense and satisfying level when they are connected to a love for God. Charity, according to Lewis, is the highest form of love. In that case, people love without any personal attraction. In the case of all other types of love, there is some attraction—some reason the person cares for another.

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

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'To love is to be vulnerable'

It's true, and yet it is as beautiful as the stars. :o)
But so often 'love' is simply a form of using the other for one's own good and pleasure.
It can be, but it shouldn't be- love is a two way street.
i'm not sure that's true
love gone wrong is what we hear about
love as devotion is seldom talked about
here in the us our big tv networks have taken to ending their nightly news with a positive story
people who are doing things that help - love, in other words
Yes, true love never 'expects' a response.