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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Love

Do you know eden ahbez's song, "Nature Boy"? (It was featured in the remake of Moulin Rouge.)

The final lines of the song read:

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn
"Is just to love, and beloved in return."

Interestingly, ahbez (a hippie long before the sixties) later said he regretted that sentiment. It sounded, he said, too much like a negotiation.

Better, he said, just to love. Period.

That's certainly more in line with the world's greatest teachings. It's not, "Love your neighbor so he'll love yourself." We don't show compassion to get something in return (except, perhaps, good karma--and there are actually ceremonies for giving away whatever good karma accrues from our noble deeds).

As Spanish mystic Saint John of the Cross put it, "In the evening of life we shall be judged by only one thing, how well have we loved."

So just love, love, love, without expectation of reward.

You'll be happier.

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