Yesterday I started reading Kristi Ling’s book Operation Happiness (which I love already). Just now, I got to a line that stopped me for a moment:
Love is the single most powerful force in the universe.
True enough, I thought.
It wasn’t that statement itself that stopped me. What stopped me was this: We talk all the time about fear. Fear as a driving force in everything from how we live, how we learn, where we go, what we do, who we talk to, who we scrutinize, and, right now, how we vote.
But if love is the single most powerful force in the universe, why do we never talk about love?
Love isn’t science (though some, myself included, might argue with that). We don’t study it in school outside of maybe a day in health class. We don’t talk about it in the news except for happy human interest stories tacked on at the end of the news hour. We don’t actively, consciously perpetuate it in our daily lives and work to spread it to those around us.
Love is, instead, relegated to the seedy underworld of … dare I say it … art.
I wouldn’t argue that love is the single most powerful force in the universe. I completely agree. I mean, after all, the existence of Harry Potter, The Boy Who Lived, proves it. (Yes, I know it’s fiction. But it’s also truth though fiction.)
But we talk about fear. We talk about fear all the time.
What we focus on increases. We need to start talking more about love.
P.S. Did you know you can read my entire first YA sci-fi adventure book, free, online? And if you’re a parent or educator, or just someone who enjoys activities, check out the free, thought-provoking, skill-building activities at the end of every chapter! The Universes Inside the Lighthouse (and subsequent books in the series) was inspired by my love of books like A Wrinkle In Time or shows like Doctor Who. It’s my own exploration and answer to the deep and sometimes unanswerable questions: what else is out there? What if we could meet aliens from other planets? What if everything were possible? What’s more, through the power of truth-through-fiction, The Universes Inside the Lighthouse addresses issues of loneliness and compassion and gives parents and educators an opening to discuss these challenging but important issues. I love this series so much and I hope you will too! Start reading chapter one here! And feel free to spread the word!
Check out Pam’s books!
- The Universes Inside the Lighthouse—YA sci-fi adventure / first in the Balky Point Adventures
- The Wishing Rock series—women’s fiction / wit, wisdom, and recipes
- The Pam on the Map series—travelogues / wit and wanderlust