Sunday, March 10, 2013

What is Love (Baby Don't Hurt Me)

Bet you never thought of Haddaway and 
C.S. Lewis together before now

What Love means has been heavy on my mind for more than a month now. I must have read more than four hundred literary "definitions" of what Love is. I've shared several on ChickenScratches. I've explored my own feelings and the meanings I've made and am making, participated in discussions with my philosophy professor and classmates, as well as friends.

Below, C.S. Lewis defines the ramifications of choosing not to Love. Talk about a Catch-22 situation!! The bottom line? You cannot live and avoid all pain. Why not accept that some pain will occur, and embrace the joy that it brings in its hands?  ~~GH
There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to 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. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell. ~~C.S. Lewis

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