Happy Friday All
The day the Earth stood still is a film about an alien who lands on earth. It that captivated me as a girl. For over 50 years it has been one of my favourites. When I was younger I didn’t really get why, but now, I get it!
The film’s message is one of love. Yes, L.O.V.E. Love. Unconditional acceptance and the freedom to be the way you were made to be.
The Plot: Basically An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully in love or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. The ship is a Metal Giant, in it a ‘man’ like extra terrestrial delivers the warning insisting that they ‘come in peace’
Now these two beings do nothing wrong. They do not instigate anything; the man goes around interacting and being a wonderful example of how humans should behave. It illustrates how base and barbaric our way of being is.
Because we do not understand it…we decide to attack it and that’s when the trouble starts.
I don’t know about you but I’m fed up of being attacked because others fail to understand my actions as I express love. I am Mad, yes, Fuming at how often I have to bear witness (and received) the basest, most hurtful comments and despicable actions of others because they insist on judging others by their own insecure, base, greedy or evil standards.
We’re seeing it all around us…
Look at the world we’re living in!
So I’m getting it off my chest and declaring to the world ‘I am an alien!’
There, I said it.
What I mean by this is that I believe that love is… that’s it.
Love is all; It’s all we have ever or will ever need. It would seem that thinking and being this way makes me an alien.
I am, it would appear an ‘other worldly’ being others sometimes assume has an ulterior motive or else they believe I am dealing in something unsavoury; that I and others like me are acting in a way that is strange. When all we aliens are doing is expressing what we feel is right and good showing love for our fellow citizens, our families, our friends and our neighbours
We say we believe in love and it’s a CROC!
- We cry and weep and wail for Paris and Turkey…. as we should.
- In our millions, we share posts for ‘Black lives matter’ as we should
- We get incensed when we hear of the genocide being committed and rightly so
- We march to show how much we care and rightly so
- We insist time and time again that we believe in love AND
- Share profound videos on social media that remind us that L.O.V.E. is all the world needs and you know what
It’s a ‘Croc’
You see if we believed in LOVE, truly believed, we’d practise it – every day, in every situation, in every way, unconditionally.
All too often love I see love showing up with conditions.
- You can love me but not him/her/them/that
- If you love me you won’t speak to…
- I love MY people, but THEY are different
- If you love me then you won’t be/do/say X, Y, Z
- If you won’t do this and my way, you won’t see your children/family/mother/father/grandparents
- Love is demanded
- Love is withheld
- Love is used to manipulate
Love has many forms.
The Greeks had at least four words for their interpretation of the different ways love can be expressed
- Éros:means “love, mostly of the sexual passion.” Although éros is initially felt for a person, it becomes an appreciation of the beauty within that person, or an appreciation of beauty itself. Physical attraction as not necessarily a part of love, hence the use of the word platonic to mean, “without physical attraction.”
- Agápe: means “love: esp. charity; the love of God for man and of man for God.” Agape is used in ancient texts to denote feelings for one’s children and the feelings for a spouse
- Philia: “affectionate regard, friendship,” usually “between equals.” It is a dispassionate virtuous love, a concept developed by Aristotle In his best-known work on ethics. Philia is expressed as loyalty to friends; (specifically, “brotherly love”), family, and community and requires virtue, equality, and familiarity.
- Storge : means “love, affection” and “especially of parents and children” It’s the common or natural empathy, like that felt by parents for offspring. It is almost always used to refer to relationships within the family. It is also known to express acceptance or putting up with situations, as in “loving” the tyrant. Storge is also used when referring to the love for one’s country or a favourite sports team.
On Being Alien
- Being an alien means I know that love shows up as familial, as friendship, as care, as companionship.
- It shows up deeply and casually, it shows up as sex and affection, it shows up in making a cup of tea or coffee
- It shows up as staying up late to mark those last 10 papers
- It shows up as telling someone they look lovely even if you don’t know them and will never see them again
- It shows up as laughing at a friends joke, speaking kindly to a customer, rubbing your dog’s whiskers and every day…
It shows up perhaps 50-100 times a day
But, how many opportunities do YOU take to live in the Love you say you believe in?
I am an alien
I make no apology for being an alien,
I will not stand down nor accept criticism & condemnation when I choose to love as compassion or affection.
I will not allow your sullied mind to make my expression of any connection to another seem seedy and unsavoury because you judge from within the dank walls of your own insecurity, hatred and fear
I will not abandon my sister or brother because their experience is not that of my own
I will not give up on LOVE whatever form it needs to take
So, why not join this alien?
Create a tribe of aliens who come to the world in love, who come in peace and take every opportunity, every moment of every day, to express it in all its wonder, its beauty and yes it’s LOVE.
Blissings and much love