Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Love is all you need

We are loving creatures. Love is all around us. It exists in the most pertinent cross sections of our beings. It’s in our music, in our streets and in the wild. Love even appears in outerspace - where man’s science has not yet discovered the simplest forms of understood existence.

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Designers - Maseman and yours truly

We can harbor love for anything. Children know only love and pain. Somewhere in our ‘progression’ of history and adulthood, these lines become vague - for some, unrecognizable. What force is responsible for quieting the political activism in the sixties? This hopeful voice of peace and love and getting back to the garden was not hippie-babble, rather an honest cry for the hemorrhaging hearts of a fallen nation. Why have we separated the negativity of Napalm from the present-day wars, which hone greater bloodshed with each passing moment? In our selfish rush and rhetoric, we have neglected the single aspect of our existence that permeates the boundaries and connect our cores.

Where is the love?

I read this somewhere [apologies for the lack of attribution] and at this ambiguous time, I was compelled to jot it down…
We were trying to change a competitive, violence-based society into a peaceful, democratic one; where social cooperation would be a norm. Where, love thy neighbor would be a natural thing. So the idea of LOVE for some of us, took on a different meaning than some might have been using it. You can’t have love if your country is bombing the hell out of innocent men, women and children and sending its own children to kill or die trying.

All of this said as it should be, and with much greater eloquence by the literary genius of childhood love himself, the late Shel Silverstein. This - my favorite poem of the goodness of love - is my Valentine’s gift to you.

HUG O' WAR
I will not play at tug o' war
I'd rather play at hug o' war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses
And everyone grins
And everyone cuddles
And everyone wins.
© 1974

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Happy Valentine's Day 2007.
Spread the love.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Ryan Lopez said...

Hey Lindsey, It was really nice meeting you last night at Pancho's. Thanks for directing me to your blog. I think what you are doing is fantastic. I'd like to talk more with you about what you do and potentially doing some collaborative work. That's what I want Chimera Online to be about. I want it to become an arena for chance encounters and previously unexplored possibilities. I hope that I can convince you to become involved. Thank you and I hope you enjoy the site.

Ryan

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