Bird love

Love — including gay love — is the glue which holds social species together.  From birds through elephants, dolphins, bonobos and the other great ape, mankind, love is essential for group survival.  Not necessarily sexual love, though surely sexual love is part of it  Love.  It makes life worthwhile.

bird love

Dog love

“You want loyalty?” asks the ruthless bond trader in Michael Lewis’s “Liar’s Poker”. “Then get a cocker spaniel.”[1]

All the physical fruits of life are worthless without loyalty, love, affection, caring, friendship.  It sums up all that’s wrong with our culture that most of us get more of those values and pleasures from our dogs than from our “friends”.

Dog love

Writing

There are some things which are in a sense infinite.  Loving someone doesn’t use up your reserves of love.  Rather the opposite in fact.

I’ve just finished reading Charles de Lint’s Spiritwalk which is really rather good.  In it he has one of his characters say:

“Our affection for others is the one thing that is an infinite resource.  We can never care too much, or for too many.”

Indeed.

But the other thing we have in unlimited amounts is imagination.

I believe it is a writer’s duty to connect those two.

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