Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Most Powerful Word in Our Vocabulary, and Yet the Most Debased

Edvard Munch - Night at St. Cloud (1890)

"Love" is at once both the most powerful word in our vocabulary, and yet the most debased.

Those who utter it from a place of ruthless self-discovery can reach into the deepest recesses of human need, assuming they are allowed in.

Those who utter it from a place of fear-based self-deception are simply repeating a debilitating pattern, no matter much shining gossamer they wrap it in.

Is there anyone more lost than "teachers" who have not learned the truth they are teaching, or "healers" who carry a hidden, untended wound within themselves?

-- Richard Power