Steinbeck, On Love

First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second — There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had…

Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.
The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.
If you love someone — there is no possible harm in saying so — only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration…

And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.

John Steinbeck, in a letter to his son about love

Thanks to Khari Wendell McClelland for posting this today.


Apocalyptic Thinking Can Lead To Positively Life Changing Perspectives: Michael Ruppert Ruminates On The Life Experience In Collapse

You walk towards your fear, you embrace your fear,
you don’t try to hedge it.
A part of real living as a human being, as a spiritual being,
is to embrace it: encompass your fear, your love,
and not run away from anything because that’s the life experience.
It’s in that richness that we find the most beautiful art,
the most beautiful music, we find the richness of what the human soul can offer, and I see all that richness buried under such bullshit.

Michael Ruppert in Collapse (movie, 2009)