What boundary separates Hope from Love?
This is a transition week, a break between four May posts on Hope and four June posts on Love. So, I have been pondering this question.
But, as a teacher, I know that while my pondering is very powerful for my learning, it does little for the student. Learning is completely dependent upon what the learner does.
Are you pondering? Are you seeking?
Hope is a necessary, but insufficient, emotional attribute of healing and growth including recovery from trauma, stress, and post traumatic stress. Love is another. We will begin our discussion of four kinds of love next week with the familiar eros.
When you think of love, do you think of a noun, a verb, or maybe an adjective?
Do you think of yourself, other people, or something else?
All learning depends upon what we think we already know. Do you know enough about love to empower your learning? Do you know enough about love to impede your learning…because what we already know can do either.
If you know enough about love, you must be living it all the time. Right?
If not, why not?
Post traumatic stress challenges our ability to love and be loved. We often feel less than lovely and loveable.
Some experiences lead us to believe that some people need killing. We believe they are dangerous. That is why we killed them–or tried to.
The blood won’t come off our hands.
The hate won’t leave our hearts.
A Quest is a form of inquiry to some power or wisdom beyond our own mind driven by an emotional need to know something.
What do you need to know about Love? Not what do you want to know. Need!
I do not have your answers. I have mine, the answers I discovered by Questing.
Since all learning depends upon what the learner does, and what the learner does depends upon the learner’s motivation, what is the role of the teacher?
I love teaching.
The root of “learn” is a Latin word that means furrow or track.