Book of Love

The Book of Love

Peter Gabriel

The book of love is long and boring
No one can lift the damn thing
It’s full of charts and facts and figures and instructions for dancing
But I
I love it when you read to me
And you
You can read me anything
The book of love has music in it
In fact that’s where music comes from
Some of it is just transcendental
Some of it is just really dumb
But I
I love it when you sing to me
And you
You can sing me anything
The book of love is long and boring
And written very long ago
It’s full of flowers and heart-shaped boxes
And things we’re all too young to know
But I
I love it when you give me things
And you
You ought to give me wedding rings
And I
I love it when you give me things
And you
You ought to give me wedding rings
And I
I love it when you give me things
And you
You ought to give me wedding rings
You ought to give me wedding rings

by Peter Gabriel

Love

Truism Thirteen:  Love is blind.

People say, “Love is blind.”  They mean this statement in a lot of different ways.  For some people, it means when in love one cannot see anything else in the world.  For others, it means the appearance and faults of the object of love does not matter.  For still others, it means the lover cannot see the consequence of his or her actions.

Just as the statement is vague, love is vague.  Love is a fog.  Love can be almost anything.  Love is protection, such as the newborn’s love of those who allow life.  Love is giving protection, such as the newborn parent’s love of that tiny being.  For the teen, love is lust, an active break from childhood.  For the old, love is warmth, an active delay of the hereafter.

If life is a dance, as I have suggested, and the melody is some basic orchestration of the universe, and the lyrics are the words artists, scientists and philosophers have applied, love is the song.  There is a reason that most songs are about love.  When you find love, you are singing your song.  And, when you are looking for it.  And, when you are recovering from it.  And, when you do not want to believe it is important at all.

Since I am discussing love, I should add a different piece of advice here.  For a successful marriage, think about the love each day.  It is a partnership like no other.  If you only think about yourself only, the marriage will probably fail.