Giving Without Receiving
Love is like a lot of things, and in my attempt to understand it on a deeper level, today I say it's like a river. This word “river” is interesting to me because when I think of it, this noun, I cannot separate it from its movement, it's sound, it's energy. And in the English language this doesn't work. And object is not also an action. And language doesn't follow the changing form of an object from states-to-state. What happens to the hand when a fist is formed? The hand is not fisting, it has become a new thing. The hand has disappeared. The cup for your tea is separate from the action of drinking the tea, although the cup itself includes this action in its basic form. Our language separates things from their uses, from their energy. We have nouns, subjects, verbs, adjectives and adverbs to explain life as it happens, but life doesn't have these separate categories. Our language is beautiful in many ways, but it sets up a deconstruction of experience and separates objects from their surroundings, from their experiences. And this is why River is so lovely. Most people connect the action of the river with the noun. It's is a hybrid word. And love, too, is a word like this. It must include movement and action, in its very definition, if it is separated from the action it is stagnant. It is non-moving. It is a noun and is therefore dead.