Universal Love

 

i love you. i love you because all the loves in the world are like different rivers flowing into the same lake, where they meet and are transformed into a single love that becomes rain and blesses the earth.

i love you like a river that understands that it must learn to flow differently over waterfalls and rest in shallows. i love you because we are all born in the same place, at the same source, which keeps us provided with a constant supply of water. and so, when we feel weak, all we have to do is wait a little. the spring return, and the winter snows melt ans fill us with new energy.

i love you like a river that begins as a solitary trickle in the mountains and gradually grows and joins other rivers until, after a certain point, it can flow around any obstacle in order to get where it wants.

i receive your love and i give you mine. not the love of a man for a woman, not the love of a father for a child, not the love of God for its creatures, but a love with no name and no explanation, like a river that cannot explain why it follows a particular course but simply flows onward. a love that asks for nothing and gives nothing in return; it simply is there. i will never be yours and you will never be mine; nevertheless i can honestly say : i love you, i love you, i love you.

~page 214

Aleph

by Paulo Coelho

if only everyone thinks this way and feels this way for someone whom they have never known, the world would have peace and war is but a past participle, buried in the depths of time. life would be so much easier that we could live happily and with no shame. no one would keep a secret and nothing will do harm to anything and anyone. how great could that be, eh? 

 

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