agape

The brilliant children’s book “Love” written by Matt de la Peña, and illustrated by Loren Long, begins when we are babies – and get our first glimpse of love:

In the beginning there is light

and two wide-eyed figures standing

near the foot of your bed,

and the sound of their voice is love

Elsewhere in the book, they write about the child continuing to see parents — the “love that wakes at dawn and rides to work on the bus”, and the “slice of burned toast that tastes like love.”

In “Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog” (by James Grissom), we read Tennessee say that “we live in a perpetually burning building”, a “world….violent and mercurial”, which “will have its way with you.” The acclaimed playwright goes on:

We are saved only by love — love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend.

Photo by Andre Ouelleton Unsplash

The psychologist Erich Fromm writes in “The Sane Society”: “In the experience of love lies the only answer to being human, lies sanity.”

In “How Should We Live: Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life”, the philosopher Roman Krznaric writes of “agape” — a word that, in the Greek Old Testament, means “unconditional Love” – a word that tells us, as does the Book of John (“1 John 4:8”), that “God is love.”

 Roman suggests that “we should all make a place for agape in our lives, and transform love into a gift” — a gift for everyone in our lives, and “for strangers” too. Roman goes on: “That is how we can reach a point where our lives feel abundant….”

Peace 🙂

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