The parable of the Good Samaritan tells us what love is—an uncaused and spontaneous action of the heart. It also tells us what love is not—a good intention, a romance or beautiful words. There’s nothing in it of culture or convention. It makes no distinctions.
Love is radically inclusive, has no favourites, admits no exceptions, neither waxes nor wanes. We cannot speak of ‘true’ love because love cannot be commodified, categorized or confined. “Love everything that breathes,” said Gurdjieff.
One day in the near future machines will introduce us to each other. Oh, wait. I notice that Bumble is seeking a US$7-billion valuation as it enters the IPO market.
Contrary to what dating sites suggest, love is not specific. Hate is specific.
Is there anything more dispiriting than the attempt to rekindle romance?
Trying is failing.
And love is not personal.