Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Love and Desire

'We're talking about love. There is no "why". That's the point'

'There is always a "why" because there is always something that the beloved wants. It might be that he protects you. It might be that he makes you feel special. It might be that he is a way out, a route to some shining future away from the dreary now. It might be that he is the father of your unborn babies. Or it might be that he gives you prestige. Love is a big knot of whys.'

'What's wrong with that?'

'I'm not saying anything's wrong with it. History is made of people's desires. But that's why I smile when people get sentimental about this mysterious force of pure "love" which they think they are steering. "Loving somebody" means "wanting something". Love makes people do selfish, moronic, cruel, and inhumane things…To be in love means to be at the mercy of your lover's desires. If someone put a bullet through your lover, they'd be releasing you."

- Ghostwritten, David Mitchell

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