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For the Week of Heart – Part 2

February 12, 2013

One thing the film Moulin Rouge! does get right about love is the meaning behind this line:

The greatest thing you’ll ever learn

Is just to love and be loved in return.

But what does that mean? What does it to mean to love and be loved?

To love someone is to know her.

To be loved by someone is to be known by him.

Well, it’s a little more than that, but that’s the crux of it.

It’s the knowing of someone and being self-sacrificing for the sake of the known anyway.


How do you make someone feel special? You get to know that someone, you listen to him, you observe her, you talk and when you talk it’s not just about surface issues, but personal things. As time goes on, trust deepens and we begin to expose the uglier parts of our being to this someone else. We do so trusting that they won’t recoil in fear, though we couldn’t blame them if they did.

We’re all pretty much aware of how ugly we are in the inside. People compliment us and we think, “If you only knew!” And that’s what makes love so wonderful and frightening – those who love do know. And they love anyway.

That’s what makes the relationship between Rob and Laura of High Fidelity from yesterday’s post so special and able to stand the test of time (and a cosmic break-up)

Tomorrow we’ll look at how love is a decision and more than just gooey, yet delightful, feelings.


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  1. Well, I’d say love is when you understand the needs of the other person and try to meet them. And it lasts, if that situation pleases both of them.

    • Absolutely. When both people seek to meet the needs of the other. It’s a lovely mutual cycle.

      • …that rarely lasts.

      • Well, tomorrow – or today’s – Feb 14’s post explores it a bit more in detail – but if that rarely lasts what’s the alternative?

      • Alternative? There are plenty, but who wants them? Alternatives are usually as bad as that never-lasting circle. Ok, maybe not never-lasting. But its rare.

      • Too rare – that’s why it is precious. Not like, Gollum-precious, but for real precious.

      • Ha ha. I like Gollum-precious, makes it so creepy crazy and special.

  2. Hm. Yeah, that works, too. 🙂

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