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- Bruce Springsteen -

Monday, August 31, 2009

#7 Ain't Got You by Bruce Springsteen

For those who seem to have everything anyone could ever want or need, an intense need for love, true love with one special person remains. Some, as portrayed in many romanticized movies, would give up anything for “the one”. They’d risk their reputation, their riches, and even their family if it means being with the one they love above all others.

This makes me think, though, about how much we actually value love as a society. We hold it up as something to be fought for and surrendered to. However, love is not the pursuit of the world overall. In our society, Western Capitalistic Commercialism, etc… , all those other things, fame, fortune, the gathering and consumption of the latest and greatest things, are the focus. Those are the things we worship while we give lip service to other ideals and values.

In an effort to gain these things, even those who have a lifelong partner, often forsake their “valued” relationship. It’s the same old story…time, money, stress, not being home to tuck little Johnny into bed at night… Something we would die for becomes something taken for granted, something put on the back burner.

Maybe it’s our denial of our mortality. We always think there will be time later for the important things. But time is a tricky thief. It does not discriminate against its victims. Time comes in like a bandit in the night, rushes in and alters our world in a flash. Then it is gone again before we have time to catch our breath. It sits silently by always ready to come again and take away our youth, our energy, our moments, our beauty. Nothing and no one can stop it. Everyone dies, beauty does not save. Everyone dies, riches do not save. Everyone dies, fame does not save. Everyone dies, and even love does not save. Though when time calls us to its final visit, it is love we will remember, it is love we will be grateful for, it is only love that will survive beyond our dying day.

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1 comment:

  1. That is a very good point- humans in general are oblivious of their own mortality, often until it is too late.

    Hope you can comment on this post, and the post that I will make today, since I will be gone on Tuesday. :)