Love is the most important force in the universe –Michael PollanMore‣
Michael came to this realization on one of his psychedelic trips. Can love be the most foundational force that organizes our reality? One thing is to realize how cliche this sounds, another is to actually feel that this might be true. Pollan says that we are all guarding ourselves with irony and are trying to sound smart. His psychedelic trip helped him drop all of this and be able to realize the love principle in a clearer way. Anyway, there where a lot of songs, poems that were stating the same sentiment for centuries.
Everything is on the spectrum of love. Everything can be explained by identifying where it lies on the spectrum of love
There are a hundred thousand species of love, separately invented, each more ingenious than the last, and every one of them keeps making things – viaOverstory
I believe approaching things with love can be one of the most effective remedies for a wide spectrum of problems. A friend told me – the strongest people he knows are ones who love lifting weights. The most stretched people are the ones who love stretching (he has friends who do split and fall asleep at parties). This is similar to Michael Pollan’s psychedelic journey, during which he realized that love is the most fundamental force in the universe.
I believe there is something universal about this approach. It counters our hierarchical brains, our negativity bias, and our evolutionary inclination to focus on the negative. I try to make a habit of doing everything with love. By love, I mean carrying and being attentive when performing any task. I often forget about this mindset, but when I remember it, it helps me when I'm struggling. It helps me when I'm not content with myself. The past is in the past and the only thing I can do is start from where I am. It’s especially hard when one experience guilt or disappointment with a chain of events. The only thing one can do is start where you are. The only thing is to say that’s okay and put care and attention into what I'm doing now. This applies to writing and ever lasting struggle of culture. Can I publish this? Is this enough?