You never really know how much love you have until you need it.
What I mean by that is you may believe you love someone more than life itself only to find out otherwise when you are actually put in a situation forcing you to make the choice. Likewise, you may be undecided about someone only to discover when the time comes that you do take those risks. I have been on both sides of this and it surprised me both times. Love is meaningless without action. Without work, love – like faith – is dead.
The older I get, the more I learn about what true love is and how it differs from selfishness. Many times I thought I had it finally figured out only to learn my love was still not quite perfect. Don’t worry about how much it is that you love someone. Simply love them the best you know how at this moment.
I have decided to start a new You Tube Channel to go with my FloraAndFaunaOfTheUniverse blog. I will be posting doodles, excerpts from upcoming exobiology books, and worldbuilding advice. The WayOutDan YouTube channel will no longer cover these subjects, but will be for religion, philosophy, travel, exploration, and life's journey.
Do you ever remember something differently than someone else? How does that happen? I once wrote a blog post about this that is slightly too long to repost here. Read it at the link and tell me your thoughts.
Some years ago I developed a mathematical argument for optimism:
Starting with the present moment and assuming endless future time, one can plot a measure of "total good." This total good takes into account our attitudes and how we react to things and is thus dependent on memory of past good and bad. For example, after a long period of bad, even a tiny moment of good can have more total good than an extended period of good greater by any normal measure.
This total good will go up and down apparently randomly. Given an infinite amount of time, eventually, by chance, there will be a spike of good greater than all previous good. Everything that came before this spike will be part of the story of causality of how this good was achieved. Since it is a measure of total good, it will mean that no matter what happened before, it was all worth it.
Of course, the same argument can be used to prove that things are getting worse. Eventually, statistics predicts a dip deeper than any before it. ...