Posted in the Johnson City Forum
#1 Sep 10, 2013
The most important thing a human being needs to live is love. When you're a baby, it's easy to get love. People hold you and make a big fuss over you and take care of you. If you're nineteen, struggling with the weight of college, adult responsibilities, and paying for it all, and you just need a break from the shitstorm of life, where do you go?
Love becomes needlessly complicated as an adult. You develop all these notions of how someone should act if they love you. No one will ever match these notions. No one can read your mind and be there for you exactly when you need them. You also incorporate sex into your idea of love, which makes love even harder to find.
I believe love is greater and simpler than all those things. I believe we, as adults, should love each other as if we were brand new babies. What in the course of human life changes us to the mindset that it is wrong, unexpected, or even creepy to love each other?
A relationship is when you trust someone to stay in your life. It is a separate phenomenon as love.
Love is seeing another human being as they truly are, not as society wants us to be, and embracing their inner excitement for life. Love is sharing a connection with someone's feelings, or at the very least understanding them and sharing them.
Society has evolved billions if years to create iPads and texting. Technology is designed to keep us away from each other. Why would you need an iPad if you love talking to the people in the immediate vicinity of your life? Do you need face time to hang out with your next door neighbor? No. But do we Americans do this? No. Most of us sit inside and scroll through dozens of social media sites which claim to unite people, but serve only to separate us.
The world is broken. Our society is designed to exploit water, coal, gas, power, money, etc., but when it comes to love, it doesn't exploit it. It hides it, attacks it, and destroys it.
This is why I sit alone in my room in the city, a city filled with thousands of people whose love could be shared, but instead its inhabitants share only the namesake to unite them. There are thousands of people living in Johnson city, and all I know is they all live in Johnson city. I walk around outside afraid to share the magical energy we all possess. Afraid to love.
#2 Sep 10, 2013
I'm 54. I feel the same way. I've resigned my spell to a life of solitude. I wish I lived in Johnson City. Bristol is the worst place I've ever seen. Sharks and shark bait. That's all there is.
when my phone rings? It's another taker wanting something from me. No, I have one childhood friend who calls on occasion for no other reason than to say hello and see how I am and I'm thankful.
Churches? They're hate groups and political gatherings. They're supposed to be about love. The contrary is true.
And lastly, the leadership? The absolute worst men that humanity has to offer. Ron Ramsey, Phil Roe.... Promoters of hate and division.
My daughter and family lived in Hawaii and told me they were going to move back home after several years away. I begged them not to. They came anyway, and it's worse than I told them it was.
Love is lost. I'd prefer to live in a cave.
#3 Sep 10, 2013
You have spoken truly and I agree with all of your reasoning, except the evolving part. I fear we are devolving with so much technology. So impersonal, so self centered, so much amusing ourselves to death in spite of the good we could all be contributing to one another's welfare. We most surely do ignore the love that could unfold around us if we would just make an effort. Your post is an inspiration!
#4 Sep 12, 2013
I agree totally social media and technology in general is destroying the very core of society. It only makes it easier to withdraw and refuse to interact on a "human" level. I actually think if it were all to shut down I would feel such a relief! And then, here I am telling these thoughts and feelings to a freaking keyboard! We should get together and go to a park leave the phones in the vehicles. And as easy as that should be it seems scary. But if anyone would like to maybe actually interact as humans.......(bluewizzard59@gm ail)
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