To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others. Anne-Sophie Swetchine
Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be. Anton Chekhov
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. Bertrand Russell
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. Carl Jung
To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. David Viscott
There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness. Friedrich Nietzsche
Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. H. L. Mencken
The enthusiasm of a woman’s love is even beyond the biographer’s. Jane Austen „The single most important decision any of us will ever make is whether or not to believe the universe is friendly.“ Albert Einstein
Fear and Love are two of the most basic and powerful human emotions.
Considering that the fundamental importance of love is so widely agreed upon,
it is remarkable how many organisations seem dedicated to promoting its opposite: fear.
„There is no fear in love: true love has no room for fear.“ Fear is a natural response to danger that quickens the mind’s efforts to anticipate and avoid potential peril or problems.
However, stemming from the irrational part of the mind, it knows no logic and sometimes gets unhinged from its target.
People whose lives have been filled with fear often continue to be afraid long after the potential danger has been removed, making up their own, irrational, reasons.
Chronic fear is a debilitating state of mind that weakens body and soul, associated with heart conditions, nervous disorders, stress, depression and paranoia.
This is especially dangerous when it affects the powerful, since it impacts the decision-making capabilities and distances people from the real consequences of their actions.
Even worse, the natural result of fear is to act selfishly without regard for the wellbeing of others. This destroys the fabric of society by communicating to people that they are unloved and uncared for, inspires more fear in turn.
Love has many shades of meaning, but it is well understood as a selfless devotion to someone – a determination to do them right and to encourage and care for them. By focusing our attention away from dead matter such as money or material goods, onto the living beings on whom it rightly resides, Love helps us to rediscover our humanity.
Taking joy in relationships with others is a positive alternative to escapism, and it helps us overlook their failings, inspiring them to love us in return. Love should circulate round the social relationships than make up a society as blood flows throughs a body, bringing healing, life and energy everywhere it goes, carrying antibodies of care to soften calloused or cynicical hearts.
In the anonymous, faceless world of big organisations we have made for ourselves, there is no one is willing to love and care for us.