Monday, December 10, 2007

I Love You

Mistaken about the origin of love, men are mistaken about its result. Positivistic and spiritistic morality equally recognize in love only one possible result--children, the propagation of the species. But this objective result, which may or may not be, is in any case an effect of the outer, objective side of love, of the material fact of impregnation. If it is possible to see in love nothing more than this material fact and the desire for it, so be it; but in reality love consists not at all in a material fact, and the results of it--except material ones--may manifest themselves on quite another plane. This other plane, upon which love acts, and the ignored, hidden results of love, are not difficult to understand, even from the strictly positivistic, scientific standpoint.

To science, which studies life from this side, the purpose of love is the continuation of life. More exactly, love is a link in the chain of facts supporting the continuation of life. The force which attracts the two sexes to each other is acting in the interests of the continuation of the species, and is accordingly created by the forms of the continuation of the species. But if we regard love in this way, then it is impossible not to recognize that there is much more of this force than is necessary. Herein lies the key to the correct understanding of the true nature of love. There is more of this force than is necessary, infinitely more. In reality only an infinitesimal part of love's force incarnate in humanity is utilized for the purpose of the continuation of the species. But where does the major part of that force go?

We know that nothing can be lost. If energy exists, then it must transform itself into something. Now if a merely negligible percentage of energy goes into the creation of the future by begetting, then the remainder must go into the creation of the future also, but in another way. We have in the physical world many cases in which the direct function is effected by a very small percentage of the consumed energy, and the greater part is spent without return, as it were. But of course this greater part of energy does not disappear, is not wasted, but accomplishes other results quite different from the direct function.

Take the example of a common candle. It gives light, but it also gives considerably more heat than light. Light is the direct function of a candle, heat the indirect, but we get more heat than light. A candle is a furnace adapted to the purpose of lighting. In order to give light a candle must burn. Combustion is a necessary condition for the receiving of light from a candle; it is impossible to ignore this combustion; but the same combustion gives heat. At first thought it appears that the heat from a candle is spent unproductively; sometimes it is superfluous, unpleasant, annoying; if a room is lighted by candles it will soon grow excessively hot. But the fact remains that light is received from a candle only because of combustion--by the development of heat and the incandescence of volatilized gases.

The same thing is true in the case of love. We may say that a merely negligible part of love's energy goes into posterity; the greater part is spent by the fathers and mothers on their personal emotions as it were. But this also is necessary. Without this expenditure the principal thing could not be achieved. Only because of these at first sight collateral results of love, only because of all this tempest of emotions, feelings, effervescences, desires, thoughts, dreams, fantasies, inner creations; only because of the beauty which it creates, can love fulfil its immediate function.

Moreover--and this perhaps is the most important--the superfluous energy is not wasted at all, but is transformed into other forms of energy, possible to discover. Generally speaking, the significance of the indirect results may very often be of more importance than the significance of direct ones. And since we are able to trace how the energy of love transforms itself into instincts, ideas, creative forces on different planes of life; into symbols of art, song, music, poetry; so can we easily imagine how the same energy may transform itself into a higher order of intuition, into a higher consciousness which will reveal to us a marvelous and mysterious world.

In all living nature (and perhaps also in that which we consider as dead) love is the motive force which drives the creative activity in the most diverse directions.



One thing about this that comforts me, is knowing that all the love I gave which I thought was lost was never really lost at all.


jim said...

A beautiful poem, just posting that is poetry in itself!

Vincent said...

Thanks for this introduction to the works of PD Ouspensky. I knew of him but never actually read anything by him till now.

Siegfried said...

Warning: don't follow what others think because it may be the wrong definition.

Siegfried said...

Warning: don't tell someone you love them if you don't mean it or you're not sure.

Siegfried said...

"By focusing on the good, you can love almost anyone."

Siegfried said...

How do I love thee!!!

Siegfried said...

BTW, Great Music!!!

Sophia said...


Ouspensky gives us some amazing things to think about in his writings. I've not read anything of his from cover-to-cover, but skimming through various chapters here and there has fascinated me and has resonated with me.

Love is poetry.

Sophia said...


November 3rd I made a posting on life experience and knowledge, and used a paragraph by Ouspensky which you may like:

Of course Googling his name is sure to present many more options.

Sophia said...


I don't follow what others think unless I think it, too! I'd have to see logic and feel truth in their words before following them. But now that I think of it, since when was the Divine logical?

I have only said "I love you" to family members, and one or two close friends. I don't say it too often to others because they might mistake it for some young-girl-crush or think that I'm either obsessed or crazy. I save it for those I know can handle it. But for me to say it and deeply mean it, I have to know that someone really understands and knows me. That could take years.

How do I love thee, let me count the ways!

I'm glad you enjoyed the music. I may add more in the future. I've seen these radio blog features on other blogs and became envious, so I had to use the service myself! It's amazing the widgets they come-up with these days!