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On Love

not affect our power of expectation. Outer appearance is not a decisive factor. Inner beauty exists and becomes the important one when outer beauty has been buried behind the signs of age. Love is not only for the young and the vigorous. In fact, as one sails through life and learns more about oneself, about others and about what happens to one in the world and in one’s inner life, more and more love gains its real faces, its real meanings, its reality. That one knows more when it seems that one can do less, is only true superficially. With age it is possible to sift many unnecessary acts that come by themselves earlier and are now kept in check and reduced to their proper proportions. One no longer stresses the opinion of others, and the rules of society imposed by prejudice are considered superficial. Instead, one’s sight gains depths, one knows what is significant in a relationship and enters it for itself and for what it does to the members of the couple. But of course, growing old being the result of the rotation of the earth and not of accumulated wisdom, secures not for all of us an outlet in love relations which corresponds to our experience of all that goes into having authentic relationships. Old people whose life has been exhausted mainly in going through the efforts to survive, may find it easy to dream of love and give it the attributes that fill their inner life, but may not have access to a companion with whom to realize that dream. What one gains from such dreams is difficult to size up since all these dreams are secret and often go unsuspected by outsiders. If they are free of nostalgia they can affect one’s evolution in this life and refine the residual energy which remains in the psyche and affectivity in contact with one’s soma. Perhaps such evolution will prepare 61

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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...

On 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...

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