knows it. One can serve communities and not know how to let the persons in that community be themselves and acknowledge them as full persons beyond all their cultural conditionings.
Falling in Love This leads us to ask the question: “Does one love someone because of the desirable attributes of that person?” The first answer that comes to mind is “No” simply because in all languages either “one falls” in love or “love happens to one.” This tells of the immemorial observation that love has been seen as surprising the one who knows it as an unplanned happening, as an inevitable state once it occurs, as not allowing a choice. It is also clear that not everyone generates in every one of us the state which tells us that perhaps there is something at work in us which makes the falling in love possible only in some cases. Would it be our body-image? This image is formed in the prenatal phase already through the most primitive brain and serves to keep the self constantly linked with every cell of the soma so as to be informed of any change in the soma’s relationship to the environment. This image makes us know ourselves from within and affects our perception of others according to whether they spontaneously agree with it or not. Could it be that it is the body-image which generates a frame of reference for the attractiveness of those others with whom we fall in love?
What can be learned about love if one considers it as an energy that is the result of self-awareness? In his essay On Love, Caleb Gattegno a...