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Selfless Love

When I started my blog, the intention wasn’t for it to be all “doom and gloom.” However, it seems that it has inadvertently become that. I simply wanted to write what was on my mind. And that is exactly what I did.

With this entry, I want to go a different direction. The video I am going to post here talks a lot about God. However, that is one topic I generally don’t write or really talk about to the general public. Further, that isn’t the reason I am sharing this video, nor is it what I want to focus on. You can take whatever you want from the video, obviously. But as for me, I was just so touched by the selfless love Larissa has for Ian. It’s a little less than 10 minutes. But it is definitely worth watching.

Larissa & Ian's Story

What do you think the world would be like if more of us practiced such true love? Obviously, no one would wish to be in the situation these 2 were. And none of us know how we would respond if that happened. We can say “I’d do the same thing she did.” But in reality, no one would really know unless they were in that situation. I’d like to think I would be that person.

I love my wife, Ariana more than anything and I can’t imagine my life without her. I also can’t imagine what it would be like for us to be married, as we are and not be able to interact the way we do, or do the things we enjoy doing. There truly are much better people in this world than I am, and Ariana is one of those. I think Larissa is one of those too.

I don’t know that I could ever truly describe or illustrate what selfless love is. But I think this wonderful video is a great example of that! Selfless love doesn’t have to romantic love. If the world as a whole was truly filled with selfless love, what a different place we would live in! How many crimes would be committed? Would anyone ever kill someone else? Would anyone ever have affairs or cheat on their significant others? We would be concerned with “Obamacare?”

I dare say our whole way of thinking would be different. And the way we live would be different. There would be no need for laws. There would be no need for health insurance, we would all help each other. Obviously this is all a pipedream. But in the words of one John Lennon:

”You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one.”


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