One blunder in intellectual judgement is the failure to distinguish love from attachment. People everywhere believe that they possess love. Few understand the meaning and magnitude of love. Love is being in harmony with one and all. Realising your identity with living beings. A feeling that helps you live in peace and bliss. If you lack the feeling of oneness, consider yourself distinct and separate from the rest, you fall out of harmony with the world. And live in suffering and sorrow. Today the concept of love has been totally distorted. What people claim as love is personal, preferential attachment. When love is polluted by selfishness it turns sour, becomes attachment. Attachment therefore is perversion of love.
The modern world is bereft of love. Instead there is a holocaust of attachment everywhere. The great writer- poet Oliver Goldsmith endorses this staggering truth in his book The Vicar of Wakefield:
And what is friendship but a name, A charm that lulls to sleep;
A shade that follows wealth or fame, But leaves the wretch to weep?
And love is still an emptier sound, The modern fair one’s jest:
On earth unseen, or only found To warm the turtle’s nest.
All humanity suffers from the slings and arrows of the outrageous passion of attachment. The human intellect at present is so weak that it does not recognise the deadly nature of attachment. And reduces the beautiful face of love to an ugly caricature.
— Extract from “The Fall of the Human Intellect” book written by A. Parthasarathy.
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