Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Love & Happiness, pt I

this is from a talk i'll be doing at a local high school this week.

Love & Happiness, pt. I
“Make you do right... love'll make you do wrong...”
Al Green, “Love and Happiness”

… or will it?

“I'm into having sex, I ain't into making love” 
50 Cent, “In da Club”

Although unhealthy, 50 was at least honest in regards to most of what we think of as love.

“Somebody’s poisoned the water-hole!”

Woody, Toy Story

Our culture(s) being poisoned, where can we find fresh water? Where can we find a good drink?

“First, however, let me tell you about something else that is better than any of them…”

St. Paul the Apostle, First Letter to the Corinthians

Paul as a hype-man.

“Real love is a ghost / talked about but rarely seen / except on tv screens / where they flash these caricatures / that on the down low / are meant to influence our character… / Yeah, I know what love is / and it just don’t stop / but I can explain it better / when I say what love’s not.”

Mars Ill, “Love’s Not”

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

St. Paul, First Corinthians

I don’t think Love is what we think love is.

“Love your enemies.”

Jesus of Nazareth, as quoted in the Gospel According to Matthew

This is some otherworldly stuff. It’s a freak of nature and, somehow at the same time, it’s how it’s supposed to be.

“Perfect love casts out all fear.”

St. John the Evangelist, First Epistle to the Church

If you don’t have enough love, you’re gonna try to find it or get it somehow, and it may not be healthy, the version (or perversion) of love that you find.

“God is love.”

St. John, First Epistle

‘Nuff said; that’s it.

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