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“I love you because I love you, because it would be impossible not to love you. I love you without question, without calculation, without reason good or bad, faithfully, with all my heart and soul, and every faculty.”

— Juliette Drouet

“Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which binds us to duty and truth, the redeeming principle that chiefly reconciles the heart to life, and is prophetic of eternal good.”

— Petrarch

He [Jung] writes that he does not seek, as the East Indian does, to be freed from nature and the inner opposites. Instead he seeks that wisdom which comes from the fullness of a life lived with devotion. “Nature, the psyche, and life appear to me like divinity unfolded.” ~Marie Louise Von Franz, C.G. Jung: His Myth in Our Time, Page 115

Love creates the world. It is certainly not created by an indifferent God and most certainly not by the wrathful one described by some believers. How could the world contain such stupendous beauty, otherwise? Then, whence comes these hateful humans, so bent on destruction? How must we face a world with such an element?

We all suffer from a common fear of being injured, of being erased, but hate is an even further step away from the wisdom of caring. Politics is supposed to be the mechanics of keeping the worst from happening, but power is exceptionally interesting to those who would misuse it.

Widespread ignorance and indifference tilt the theatre of governance toward the elected criminals. Every day we are treated to a show business of malefactors and professional pickpockets who enact the rules that make our lives more difficult if not impossible. The men who constructed our American system were brilliant, but human nature is strong.

Many of us are wondering if our genius system can withstand the assaults that the worst of us can invent. No system has withstood such pressure forever. We are not infallible just because we’re Americans.

I think we have to wake up to the threat we face, and we have to speak up and show up. We can’t just wring our hands and hope for the best. Those of us with words need to use them. Those of us with vision, with hearts that care, need to look beyond our small lives to the bigger picture and in some way put our shoulders to the wheel.

I believe we are meant to have a beautiful world, to love and care for each other regardless. That is the world we are given.

Can we keep it?

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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