Thursday, 6 February 2014

Let us talk about Love

Posted by Stop Acid Attacks On Thursday, February 06, 2014 No comments

Let us talk about love.  ‘L’ for lusted over, labeled, laughed at, lied to, lectured to, let down and left out.  ‘O’ for objectification, oppression and obsession . ‘V’ for venomous, vile, vicious, vindictive and vulgar. ‘E’ for enraging, eroding, enslaving, emptying, exploiting, emotionally bankrupting. Shocked? You shouldn’t be. This is the ‘love’ that many women experience in our society. Love is one of the most searched terms in the virtual world. Yet, it also appears to be one of the most abused words in the real world. Can we begin talking about this limiting, obnoxious, very suffocating, and energy depleting type of love? It is high time! This is an appeal to parents, friends, life partners, in-laws, employers, employees, teachers and anyone who is human.  We all need to talk about love. We need to ‘talk with’ and not ‘talk to’ others about love. Through shared experiences we need to revisit the meaning of love. So I begin this discussion with you. Can we rediscover loyalty and openness?  Can we pause and think about the vast possibilities carved out of empathy in how we love others? We owe it to our children, other living beings, our planet and the future generations. We owe it to ourselves. Let us talk about love. We desperately need another kind of love.


By
Dr. Smita Singh
Faculty of Business & Law
AUT University
Auckland, New Zealand



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