Like the concept of breathing, love is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
This claim is easy to back-up, for love is not simply the issue of romance, but the very essence of all human relationships — and it is, quintessentially, God. Even an atheist or hard man or woman cannot refute love; they’re accepted, kept safe, betrayed or maimed like anyone else.
But, before we explore the science of love so far as God’s concerned, let’s look to the practicalities of love that we all identify with.
Love Binds and Frees Us All
Nobody can get away from it. Our feelings are beset of love, just as our thoughts are confirmed in it. Care, commitment and concern are all due this wondrous attribute of eternal Presence.
These are the sensibilities of love: we either work into the folds of life and, upon honesty, derive meaning and flow with it, or we detest it. There’s no middle-ground apportioned to love.
Whichever way, we’re bound by or freed via the manner of love.
Take compliance and rebellion. All children — and therefore all adults — are more basically compliant or rebellious. Rebelliousness is not always a bad thing, but in terms of the flow of typical life, or Wisdom, it is. It’s the refusal to care when life requires that care is the appropriate response. Compliance is not always a good thing, but in terms of the flow of typical life, or Wisdom, it is. It’s acceptance in life; to care when it’s appropriate. Care is viewed in general terms here.
Compliance (or obedience) is seen, hence, as something that frees us, given that we have a choice to love, and we choose it. Rebellion (disobedience) is contradictory to life; a choice to reject sense for the appropriate order and response expected. Love binds the rebellious — they’re seen to do themselves wrong, as their wrongs backfire.
God is Love
The above mini-analysis of love’s ability to free or bind is surely a sign that God both exists and has created life as we know it around the entity of love.
Indeed, as God is Wisdom, God is love. Love and Wisdom can be viewed interchangeably.
Love is the way that life works; it’s beyond emotion around how we feel about certain persons... our spouses, parents and children. It’s beyond the issues of lust and attraction. It’s the very common driver of all motivated action — love and lack of love.
As God is everywhere and in everything all at the same time, so is love. Attributions of love are commonplace, so much so we’re oblivious to them.
The science of love, henceforth, is like energy and matter; wherever there are people interacting there is love, or want of love. Love, therefore, is at the centre of descriptions regarding all that goes on. It’s what we’re immersed in as we live.
Wise to the science of love is the person who sees it and chooses for it.
© 2011 S. J. Wickham.
This article is part one of a two-part series. Whilst this article discussed love in broad terms, making it easy to identify with, part two — The Key to Love — insists that there are central portents that must be achieved if we’re to love and be loved.