There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
Almost all of the religions and mythologies I’ve studied say a very similar message, one that Joseph Campbell, the mythologist, summarizes in some of his work: Don’t do anything that isn’t play. And what they mean by play is willingly contributing to life. So, don’t do anything to avoid punishment; don’t do anything for rewards; don’t do anything out of guilt, shame, and the vicious concepts of duty and obligation. What you do will be play when you can see how it enriches life. I get that message from my understanding not only of the Buddha, but also from what I have learned about Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. I think it’s a natural language. Do that which contributes to life.
—Practical Spirituality. Reflections on the Spiritual Basis of Nonviolent Communication
So, kid, you’ve got to live,
and not just that stoic existence you’ve
been stomping trough all this time.
You’ve got to be kind,
you’ve got to fall in love,
fall out of love,
no matter how much it hurts
because my god,
it’s worth it.
Don’t let the world turn you to stone;
you’ve got to feel.
your heart will threaten
to march right out of your chest
because you’re so fucking full of it all-
of the people,
the endless days,
the eternal nights-
and kid, that’s fine.
Courage isn’t measured by the
number of people you’ve turned away
or by the counts of the nights you’ve
spent alone because you refuse to
give someone the chance to love you.
Being alone is not poetic;
you’ve got to let them in.
Let them peel back your skin
and waltz into your bloodstream
and love them,
And finally, kid,
your life has already begun.
Chaos is already underway.