Archive for Thursday 29th May
2003 - The mysteries of love
everlasting mystery that touches everyone’s life is the mystery of love.
Poets and novelists are always dealing with it. So are psychiatrists.
That is because obsession with love is the most common cause of confusion
and madness. No one really knows what love is. One view is that it is
a kind of fever. It deranges the minds of lovers and makes them act
irrationally. If they lose the object of their love they become worse.
You cannot argue them out of it because they are not thinking straight.
Priests and hermits, trying to be celibate, see love as a demon. It
torments them and they struggle against it. But I do not think many
of them win. More usual is the opposite view – that love is a healing
angel, and when you find it with someone you will be happy forever.
But that does not always work either.
According to certain experts, falling in love is a spiritual experience.
Love, they say, is an aspect of God, and that is what really attracts
you, more than your actual sweetheart. Their advice is to widen the
range of your love, not limit it to one person but extend it to the
world around you. I think that must be true. It is easier said than
done, of course. But the first step is the hardest one.
Only time heals the pain of love. But recovery is often helped by a
change of scene and company.
If you have a favourite mystery
subject - from spontaneous human combustion to ancient Celtic ritual
sites, write to John, suggesting a theme. And if you have any answers
or theories about the mysteries John will be highlighting, he would
particularly like to hear from you.
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Who Wrote Shakespeare?
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