Thursday, September 30, 2010

Real Is Love ...

Regarding the heartbreaking stories of young people committing suicide to escape relentless bullying, stories that continue to appear with alarming, increasing frequency, may I ask, of those who would be so unfathomably cruel to other human beings:


Love is love. It has no limits. It has no parameters. It may not look like you have come to expect it, but that does not make it wrong. That may make it different. But different is not wrong.

Accept that how others choose to love has no bearing on your life and let them be.

In the words of John Lennon:

Love is real, real is love,
Love is feeling, feeling love,
Love is wanting to be loved.
Love is touch, touch is love,
Love is reaching, reaching love,
Love is asking to be loved.
Love is you,
You and me,
Love is knowing,
We can be.
Love is free, free is love,
Love is living, living love,
Love is needing to be loved.

Every word, thought, and deed stems from one of two places:

Love or fear.

Choose love.

I implore you.


Anonymous Dave said...

"But different is not wrong"

Ah if only we could live by those words all the time. I agree with everything you say in terms of these kids and love etc. But at times different is wrong.

The Tea Party crowd is different and also wrong. If we simply stand by and say, "Well they're different but that's okay", next thing we're saying that about armed militias etc etc etc

This is not a criticism - you made it perfectly clear, as you always do, what the context of your piece was - just not sure your last choice holds up in other situations ("every word, thought, and deed"). I choose to be afraid of the far right right now. Very afraid.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Dave, I understand your points. All too well.

But consider that fearing anything imbues it with more power. And it's not good for you, either. Note: I need to remind myself of this every day.

The far right and the Tea Party are scary, you're right. But they're also a minority. And if they continue on their current path, they'll extinguish themselves. We may have to deal with them in the shorter term, but not the longer.

8:01 AM  

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