This is an original essay written by Edward Fagan.

Shakespeare, a humble genius

Shakespeare, William, is England’s national poet. They also designate him the Bard of Avon, and the greatest writer in the English Language. The world, in addition, recognizes him as it’s greatest playwright. He, however, never attended a university; he only attended secondary school.

This man who attended secondary school only, seems to embarrass some people of a tertiary education background. They seem embarrassed that he writes better than they write. They think, perhaps, that a tertiary educated person alone should bear the awesome titles mentioned above; and they take offence at his reputation as a writer because of this.

At first, some members of the tertiary educated fraternity set out to deny that he ever did exist. The records, however, showed that he lived and died, and so this attempt to erase his existence failed.

Shakespeare, and trying to deny him credit

Next, they tried to claim his greatness for one of their own. They tried to credit his writing to tertiary educated writers such as Christopher Marlowe and Francis Bacon. This also did not work.

(Christopher Marlowe was educated at the prestigious University of Oxford. He held a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from that university. He distinguished himself as a writer, and many knew him in this regard. Why would he hide behind Shakespeare’s name?)

(Francis Bacon attended another prestigious English institution, the University of Cambridge. Bacon held a Bachelor’s degree from this institution, and studied law at Gray’s Inn. He also fulfilled the role of statesman, and served as a parliamentarian for nearly four decades. He had no reason to hide behind Shakespeare’s name.)

They also credited other well known accomplished writers, by name, with writing Shakespeare’s works. Some of these writers, additionally, also achieved excellence in other areas. The government and society of their day held these men in high regard. They had no reason to hide behind Shakespeare’s name.

Shakespeare transcends place of  birth and upbringing

God blessed William Shakespeare with rear literary genius. He, consequently, applied his genius to write the master pieces with which we credit him. He transcends his place of birth and upbringing, and therefore belong to the whole world. This is due to his genius, and the universal nature of the masterpieces it has created.

By Edward Fagan

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.

Love, Looking At Love More Deeply

By Edward Fagan

Drinkers guilt

This is an original essay written by Edward Fagan. 

Drinkers guilt need not be a problem for non-drinkers but some drinkers think that this should be the case.

Teetotalers who politely refuses alcohol from persons who drink often experience attempts by such persons to pressure them to drink. Some drinkers even think that they should force persons who naturally hate alcohol, to drink. Drinkers often tell non-drinkers that they could as well drink because they are still going to die.

According to these drinkers, you could as well take unnecessary and avoidable risks of premature death because death is inevitable. It seems fitting that some drinkers would always make a reference to death in discussions involving drinking and non- drinking.

It also seems fitting that some non-drinkers would always make a reference to the optimistic and positive aspects of living. They emphasize a sensible and practical life, and the resulting advantages of health and wellness.

These drinking enthusiasts, additionally, assume the right of choice between drinking and non-drinking; but they are usually unwilling to grant that same right of choice to non-drinking, health and wellness enthusiasts.

By Edward Fagan      

 

Looking at love may allow greater understanding of its nature and practice.

This is an original essay written by Edward fagan.

Looking at love in greater detail can help us gain a clearer and better understanding of the importance of love. It can also help us understand the wonderful quality and practice that constitute love.

A clearer understanding of the wonderful quality and practice that make up love can help us in several ways. Such understanding can help us develop love’s quality more completely, and master its practice more perfectly.

We’ll start with the correct, though different, definition of the word love. Love is outgoing care and concern for the next person. It is necessary to know that love exists through action. We give and receive love through the actions we perform toward each other.

The practice of outgoing care and concern for the other person, active practical love is important. This active practical love always indicates the presence in us, of love the inner quality.

Love, the personal quality and practice

In terms of language, love is both a verb and an abstract noun. Both love in action, expressed and practical, and love, the inner quality, are spiritually good. Love, the good spiritual quality, can be a permanent trait of our character during every moment of our existence.

When love, the inner quality, is present in us we practise love, the expressed action toward others. Our outgoing care and concern toward others will aim at helping their person, or their circumstances, or both.

Practised love builds or repairs all types of relationships. Love helps, gives to, cherishes, protects, maintains and preserves the other person and their circumstances.

Love never leads to harm or destruction of the other person. It is therefore impossible for someone to truthfully claim that they killed or harmed someone because they loved them.

We experience the presence of love, the good spiritual quality, when we practise it toward others. We also experience this quality when others practise it toward us.

Our response to our experience of the presence of love as givers or recipients matters.  That response may involve our experiencing a certain emotional state. This may result in the expression of one or another type of emotional behaviour. This happens, for example, in romance and marital situations.

Love’s permanence 

Love is always permanent. Emotional experience and expression do not perform the role of love, they come and go, they are not love.

They are, in a way, similar to sexual foreplay and sexual intercourse. These are not love, but are activities through which a husband and wife can express their love for each other.

There is a course of behaviour that can get in the way and prevent us from practising love. This course of behaviour can be avoided if we uphold certain practices in our daily living.

The practices we can uphold in our daily living to prevent behaviour that obstructs the practice of love include:

Honouring our parents, as well as others in authority over us, and our elderly

Avoiding to commit murder, and avoiding to harm the other person physically or otherwise

Practising faithfulness to the other person with whom we have a romantic or marital relationship

Refusing to steal from the other person

Speaking the truth or remaining silent about the other person, instead of telling lies against him or her

Refusing to covet that which belongs to the other person; refusing to practise envy or jealousy toward him or her.

Love, or outgoing care and concern for the other person, whenever it is practised, always faithfully serves its intended purpose. The practice of love can be the backbone of all human relationships if we would allow this to happen. It can be of great spiritual and other benefit to individuals and groups alike, wherever and whenever it is practised.

Expressing Love And The Ways of Doing So

By Edward Fagan