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What is LOVE? A brief exploration.
A tumbling thicket of ideas with such a sharp and vital alacrity that it can take the breath away. So sit back, take a deep breath, and for the next several minutes turn off the noise of your waking life and take a moment to join him on a journey through the very meaning of life.
Oh my God, love, love, love, love ...love is, oh man, love is immortality, love, ...love is listening to a beautiful song that... that induces a cathartic emotive transcendence, you know... love... love is goosebumps... love is aesthetic arrest... love is to be... be held, to what the poet Roland Barthes calls "fulfillment", that which exceeds totality, literally to be more than full that you spill over, you know... love is catharsis... love is tears, but tears that feel like a... an orgasmic release of emotion, ah!... love is infinity... love is what you want to stretch on forever... love is living inside of a pop song... love is... you know, that Richard Linklater movie, “Before Sunrise”, you know, when two lovers meet on a train on the way to Vienna and spend the whole movie and the whole evening together talking about life, and love, and death, and fear and anxiety, connecting... two minds, two souls... literally merging into one another... and the evening that holds the possibility of immortality, right? True love that will save us... remember this... religious solution, the romantic solution... to the bed problems of love... love will save us, but in that movie which takes place almost in real time, dawn then arrives, right?... That's the, that’s love's aging that's the, the inability to bear love's aging... There is that scene when it's, when it’s morning and you see his face all melancholic cause he realizes that the, the night is over and not that he loves her any less, but that life goes on and he has to go and they'll get busy and task-based existence will start seeping over into the fantasy that they were having the night before... and then he goes... He sits back and he looks at the clock and it’s Vienna and its historical and it’s beautiful and he goes, "and all the clocks in the city began to whirr and chime: 'O let not Time deceive you, You cannot conquer Time'. In headaches and in worries, vaguely life leaks away, and time will have its fancy, tomorrow, or today".
Love is the beauty and the promise of immortality and also it’s the joint morning of lovers that know... that they might die... and so... love is the answer to the problem of human existence and... but it doesn’t solve the problem of human existence.
The human condition through Jason Silva’s extraordinary eyes: Imagination, Ecstasy, Beauty & Love.
Imagination: technological and scientific breakthroughs have brought us to the very edge of merging with the realm of infinite possibilities, so strap on your seatbelts; Ecstasy: the maximization of cathartic experiences by any means possible; Beauty: through the idealization and transformation of the world around us we arouse our “symphonic climax”; Love: to exceed your totality and “spill over”, resulting in what is perhaps the closest a human being can get to experiencing immortality in your physical form.
OH MAN= (AmE) An exclamation used for many situations (to express surprise, annoyance, disgust, excitement, etc.)
INDUCES= Produces (a certain psychological effect)
CATHARTIC= Having the effect of purifying your emotions, releasing all the psychological tension and bad feelings.
GOOSEBUMPS= Strong emotion.
If you get goosebumps, your skin contracts tightly and you can see little bumps where the pores are, so it looks like the skin of a goose when you pluck it off its feathers. We get goosebumps when we feel a strong emotion, such as fear, thrill or excitement. Also when we feel cold.
AESTHETIC= Related to beauty.
ARREST= The stopping or sudden cessation of motion of something.
In this case, when he says that love is an arrest he means that suddenly you feel like everything stops and love fills you.
FULFILLMENT= A feeling of satisfaction at having achieved your desires.
EXCEED= Surpass, go farther than.
SPILL OVER= If a glass is full but you put more water in it, it spills over (the liquid comes out of it because it’s completely full and it can’t hold any more)
RELEASE= If you release some kind of energy, you liberate it, you let it flow, come out, you are free from its tension.
STRETCH ON= If you stretch something on, you try to continue using it, or experiencing it even more that it is possible or usual. (the particle ON usually gives an idea of continuity)
YOU KNOW= When people talk, they often use this phrase just as a gap filler, to keep talking while you’re thinking what to say next.
- The whole day = all the day
- Your whole life = all your life
ANXIETY= If you feel anxiety you are anxious, worried and nervous.
MERGING= Mixing, melting.
DAWN= /dɔ:n/The moment when the daylight begins and night backs away.
AGING= To age is to get older, to experience the passage of time.
MELANCHOLIC= Sad because you miss something that is over.
REALIZE= To comprehend, to understand.
IS OVER= Has finished.
ANY LESS= This “any” is simply emphasizing the less. You can also say “any more” in the same way (different from “anymore”, spelled in one word).
- I need food to survive, but I don’t need you any less.
- I don’t need food any more than I need you.
(in both cases we can drop “any” and the sentence will be less emphatic but correct)
- I don’t need you anymore = this is just the opposite idea, it means that I used to need you but now I don’t need you.
GOES ON= Continues.
SEEPING OVER= To seep is to pass slowly through small openings or pores, to ooze. He says that their busy life will seep over into the fantasy, meaning that all that business will fill their life and even overflow, so that it will also distort the fantasy from that night, it will distort their memory of that night together and make it vanish, so they’ll forget.
HE GOES= (coll.) He says.
WHIRR= To make a sudden noise.
CHIME= When a clock chimes, it makes a noise to announce the time. If it’s five o’clock, you can hear five chimes. Usually we say “chime” for the high-pitch sound of a “small” clock, but for big bells, like in a church, we prefer “toll” (though we can also say “chime”).
VAGUELY= Without precision.
LICKS AWAY= When something containing a liquid licks, the liquid inside slowly escapes out. If time licks away, it escapes, vanishes, little by little.
FANCY= Your fancy is your will, what you want, it's a capricious liking or inclination.
SOLVE= If you solve a problem you find the solution for it so it’s not a problem anymore.
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