Today I want to help you to differentiate between love and infatuation. When we say we love, are we really sure we are not just caught in the heat of infatuation? I long ago learnt that infatuation is derived from the French word 'fautus' meaning 'foolish', and this clearly means that if it's not true love, it is foolishness. I dare say we need to examine love on a deeper level; before saying that we love or are in love, we must also understand that there are different dimensions to this thing called love. To many, it may be goosebumps on the arms or butterflies in the stomach, and to others, sleepless nights and too much salt in the meal. LOL. I once sought the Oxford Dictionary to assist me with a definition, and it took five pages to define this phenomenon. My best definition, however, came from the Good Book itself in St John 3:16 'For God so loved the world that He gave ...", now if that isn't love, then the ocean is really dry. So we can deduct from this passage that Love gives … [Read more...] about It is really love that you are feeling?
What is agape love mean
Juliette Binoche is radiant — there’s no better word to describe the French actress, who shows up to our interview beaming in a cream-colored suit and baby-pink dress shirt. Hers is the kind of presence that demands attention. In her latest film, the Claire Denis–directed Let the Sunshine In (currently in theaters), the camera is almost always fixated on her, often in close-up, as it follows Binoche’s character, Isabelle, falling in and out of relationships with various men. The intimate camerawork allows Binoche to be subtle in her emoting, especially in the way her face reacts to different situations. In this complicated study of love and the pursuit of it, Binoche gives us a protagonist who is relatable yet frustrating, desirable yet naïve, someone whose perseverance propels the plot and perhaps reflects the filmmaker’s own outlook on romance. (Denis uses the presence and music of Etta James — specifically “At Last” … [Read more...] about ‘It Helps to Love Without Possessing the Person’: An Interview With Juliette Binoche
In 2013, The Atlantic ran a piece titled “Why Do Liberals Hate Cory Booker?” The article searched for the sources of progressive distrust of the senator from New Jersey. It scoured his policy positions to find his transgressions of party orthodoxy—and it couldn’t find any substantive deviation. It concluded, “The case against Booker seems to rest chiefly on tone and approach. Like Obama, he has positioned himself as a conciliator willing to work across the aisle.”When I met with Booker this month, he reminded me several times that he had recently returned from New Hampshire. His barely concealed preparations for a presidential run have included the unveiling of large-scale, creative policy proposals that should put to rest any questions about where he resides ideologically. He has crafted a piece of legislation to provide low-income kids with a nest egg of $50,000, what he calls “baby bonds.” Another Booker bill would guarantee a job to … [Read more...] about Cory Booker’s Theory of Love
“You’ve got to tell the world how to treat you,” James Baldwin observed in his terrific forgotten conversation with Margaret Mead. “If the world tells you how you are going to be treated, you are in trouble.” A generation later, the great poet (both in the literal and in the Baldwian sense), essayist, playwright, memoirist, and beloved professor Elizabeth Alexander explores the trying, triumphant art of that telling in Power and Possibility: Essays, Reviews, and Interviews (public library) — a slim, towering treasure of a book. Weaving together history, literature, politics, and personal experience, Alexander — who became the fourth poet in history to read at a U.S. presidential inauguration when she welcomed Barack Obama to the presidency with her poem “Praise Song for the Day” — examines the rewards and challenges of being a black woman, a poet, an academic figure of authority and, above all, of inhabiting a culture in … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Alexander on Writing, the Ethic of Love, Language as a Vehicle for the Self, and the Inherent Poetry of Personhood
Randall Cohen is a titan of travel pillows — you know, those croissant-shaped neck doohickeys that passengers lived without for decades until, early in this century, humanity collectively determined that it was impossible to board a plane without one. Cohen’s family runs SNI, an industry leader in the bustling field of travel comfort products, selling five million pillows a year, many under the Clöudz brand. Yes, with an umlaut, though SNI is based in Bensalem, Penn., outside Philadelphia. The bestseller is the Clöudz Dual Comfort Microbead Travel Neck Pillow — “Dual comfort! Use it as lumbar support!” — available in more than 30 fashion iterations, including camouflage and unicorn. But even the pillow titan concedes, “People really hate them.” Though, he adds, “that’s because they haven’t tried enough of the pillows out there.” Indifference is rare, based on a recent Facebook call-out. “Well, I … [Read more...] about Travelling with the pillow we love to hate
Do you remember that song recorded by Tina Turner in 1984, “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” Some of the lyrics go like this: “What’s love got to do with it? What’s love but a second-hand emotion”? The word love is used in a lot of different ways. “I love pizza”; “I Love a Rainy Night” (another song title), “I Love How You Love Me” (yet another song title), and my all-time favorite, “That’s Amore” (yes, it’s another song title). How many songs do you suppose have been written about love? I’m guessing thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands. In the English language we have only one word for love, and that word is: LOVE. If we want to talk about a certain type of love we need to use an adjective to identify which type of love we mean. The Greek language, however has several words for love, and each one is distinctive. When Jesus told us in John 13:34-35, “A new … [Read more...] about Fuel for the Soul: What’s love got to do with it