This is an original essay written by Edward Fagan.
Expressing love personally
We can express love in a variety of ways whenever there is a need to express love. We thus can express love whenever we practise it, and practise it whenever it is welcome. When we express love, we will always do so using one or more ways of expressing such love.
We can express love in any of the various and creative ways that suit the particular relationship we are in. We should also remember that expressing love is as important as love itself, and that both are universal and perennial.
Love is a wonderful and necessary quality and practice. Humans, therefore, should possess and practise love toward each other and toward our beautiful world.
Love deserves to be expressed in the most beautiful, artistic and moral way. The esthetic quality, then, of our expression of love in any given situation can never be too high.
Some benefits of expressing love
Practising love in a manner that reflects emotional and other forms of affection, warmth and sensitivity is important. Such practicing and displaying of love can determine the nature and extent of our response to that expression of love. Displaying love in such an appropriate tone and manner can convey a sense of peace, fraternity, joy and happiness.
Displaying love as mentioned above can bring several advantages to the recipient. It can bring delight to the hearts of recipients who might be suffering through depression, sadness and despair. When we express love, we can sometimes inspire others to cultivate a more positive view of themselves.
We can also inspire them to have a more optimistic view of their circumstances. They thus might realize the need to change for the better, their behaviour toward themselves and their circumstances.
When we express love in the manner mentioned above, and appropriately respond to it, we can experience a beneficial effect. This beneficial effect can be of a mental, emotional or other nature. Both the person who receives the expression of love, and the person who expresses love, can benefit from that expression.
Expressing love culturally and artistically
The cultures of the world reflect the importance of expressing love, in their oral, physical and other customs and traditions. These customs and traditions evolved from the love for and the importance of, expressing love. These customs and traditions and our own inclinations allow us more scope to express love in various ways. We thus enhance our capacity to express love with all of the joy, beauty and art that expressing love deserves.
The arts offer ample opportunities relevant to expressing love. They identify or create, store, retrieve and teach values and practices relevant to love and its expression. Practitioners of the literary, performing and visual arts continue to teach or remind us how we may express love beautifully.
All humans commonly share in this cultural and artistic contribution to our understanding, practice and expression of love. It thus provides an easily accessible resource which we can exploit in our effort at expressing love.
We, obviously, also have our best natural and acquired abilities relevant to expressing love. These include our verbal, physical and other abilities. How much, and the way we use this commonly-shared cultural and artistic legacy, can aid our expression of love. Our natural and acquired abilities relevant to expressing love can also help us greatly in our effort at expressing love. We, therefore, do not have any excuse for not expressing love as effectively and beautifully as we can express it.
By Edward Fagan