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matt

Great post. You are quite the writer, and your wisdom is raw and robust. Just like I remember you.

That movie looks brilliant.

Kelly

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. I'm glad I stumbled onto the site. God bless you.

Aaron

Adam, never forget that "art saves lives." That will be my last OBU quote ever.

zalm

i know nothing about crash and haven't yet clicked on the link. but if the previews alone can inspire a post like this, i'm so there.

there's so much raw truth here that i don't really know where to start. so i'll just say thanks, adam.

i'm flagging this one in my newsreader, because this is the kind of thing i need to read over and over.

"only a few feet from life." wow.

Kristen

Your blog has been fantastic lately, Adam. I really enjoy coming here to read.

rose

Interesting title. No Fear in Love. Hmmm... I wish that were the case. Good post.

Adam

Rose,
Could you clarify what you mean?

rose

Well, I am absolutely terrified by love. I have a really hard time getting close to people. I have tons of "friends" but not people I share things with really. Maybe I could say it is because I had an absolutly crappy family life, or that I changed schools so many times. I don't know. Whatever it is...I almost have an inability to love. You love..and then you get hurt..I don't like the hurt. It scares me. K..I will clarify more if you want..but that takes some deep prodding into my soul. :)

joyrhino

"But how many obstacles have we built to keep us away from each other. The rich buy large houses with rooms nobody lives in. Big yards that tell the world around us that we don't want them close to us. If we can't get away from people then we will assert ourselves enough to let people know that they are not welcome here. Violence, power, money, anger, shame, televisions, corporations, institutions, buildings, cell phones, expensive cars, are all our ardent attempts to keep each other a distance where they are containable, controllable, and are no longer a threat to us."

Hmmm...so where do personal computers and blogs fit into this? Do they keep us apart or bring us together?

Adam

joyrhino,
Good questions. I've known some people that withdraw to their cyberspace surogates instead of interact with real people. Although I think that Bloggin is bit different, especially when it isn't obsessed about. It has been a great avenue for me to keep in touch with people I couldn't otherwise and it is also a safe way for me to bounce myself off of other people. It's sort of a quest to "know thyself" although I'm sure there is more goin on than just that.

Rose,
I'll drop you an email about it. I don't want you to feel uncomfortable. But I think you hit on a good point that I second, that there is fear in love for us. Possibly because we don't know how to love, or love back.

Jason

So many thoughts, so few words to describe them...

* The American dream of owning your own home is the ultimate statement in independence. Quality nations are built on the premise of interdependence...

* No fear in love... Aaahhh, well... there is great fear in love, because to love is believe and trust that you can lay the wounds of heart and soul before someone and they will take care and soothe them as best they know how. Love is intoxicating precisely for the reason that it is a fear that can be overcome through the power of peaceful interaction, hope, trust, and care and resepct for one another. How many other things in this world are peaceful or hopeful?

* Touch, yes, we fear touch. It is the most basic of interactions, a handshake, a hug, a pat on the back are things to fear in a litigious society. They are also things to fear in a society where abuse and codependency is mistaken for love. Touch is the most important thing we can do to help people know they are accepted, it is a vulnerable place to be, and that is why it is also a way to abuse people

good post

grace and peace

Unregulated Female

Adam- I think this is possibly one of the best pieces I have read in awhile. Absolutely briliant and evocative. Unfortunately true community/communion w/ others can be scarce, but think of the pricelessness of it when you do have it - having the opportunity. Connecting w/ another soul and growing together is fundemental to our own life's meaning. My life is so much more rich and wonderful because of the very thing you state: relationships.

Keep reaching out. Being vulnerable causes a reaction in others to want to be the same as well. Yes, the opportunity to be burned is possible but think of all of the other possibilities of sharing the real you with others. Today, I am thankful for you.

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