Friday, July 28, 2006
"Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken.
If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.
But in that casket--safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.
To love is to be vulnerable."
(from "The 4 Loves")
When I first read this passage out of The 4 Loves- I was stunned. I wrote it down...tried to memorize it. This past week in a panic I tried to recall it, tried to find it...thank goodness for Google! I have almost every book Mr. Lewis wrote- I'd have been looking for quite a while :)
We often hear people speak about building walls around their heart- to protect themselves...but we rarely hear the fortress being described as a casket.
It is a casket- or a tomb--those walls around the heart. And those walls are built with anger, or bitterness, greed, or indifference, and almost always fortified with pride.
But threre are stranger materials sometimes...
Anything we can surround ourselves with and hide inside of can be a casket.
Even religion, or politics, or another person.
To step out makes us vunerable.
What's worse- a broken heart, or an Unbreakable one?
Let me have This One that can be broken. It has been mended before, it will no doubt need mending again...
And as for the casket- I plan to be cremated...so I won't be needing that either.
Eros- Sexual love
Agape- Selfless love, the love of God
These are the 4 Greek words that are translated as love in English.
It is a shame there is only one word for LOVE in English, isn't it?
*****This wonderful addition came from Lux- and it was just too good not to add to the post! Thank you Lux! :)
PAG IBIG: love for a person or country
Iniibig Kta: I am IN LOVE with you
Sinisinta Kita: I adore you ( said by a lover to another)I love you...you are my sweetheart
Mahal Kita: said by one person to another..could be husband to wife or lover to another or parent to child
Irog: means my sweetheart..term of endearment meaning LOVE.
MAHAL: term of endearment meaning LOVE..said by man to woman..or parent to child...