Get on “the love train”!

 

I came of age in California in the Sixties

 

A commenter bids me surrender my reservations about same-sex marriage, ignore the well-reasoned arguments I’ve read, openly oppose the leadership of my church, and board “the love train.”

 

I’m reminded of a passage from the ever-quotable C. S. Lewis:

 

St. John’s saying that God is love has long been balanced in my mind against the remark of a modern author (M. Denis de Rougemont) that “love ceases to be a demon only when he ceases to be a god”; which of course can be re-stated in the form “begins to be a demon the moment he begins to be a god.” This balance seems to me an indispensable safeguard. If we ignore it the truth that God is love may slyly come to mean for us the converse, that love is God. (C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves)

 

The idea of a “love train” that I’m obliged to “get on,” is far too reminiscent, to me, of the fraud that was “the summer of love.”  It’s a slogan, not a thought.

 

It changed the world, right?

 

When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius
The Age of Aquarius
Aquarius! Aquarius!

Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind’s true liberation
Aquarius! Aquarius!

When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius
The Age of Aquarius
Aquarius! Aquarius!

Let the sun shine, Let the sun shine in
The sun shine in
Let the sun shine, Let the sun shine in
The sun shine in
Let the sun shine, Let the sun shine in
The sun shine in
Let the sun shine, Let the sun shine in
The sun shine in
Let the sun shine, Let the sun shine in
The sun shine in
Let the sun shine, Let the sun shine in
The sun shine in
Let the sun shine, Let the sun shine in
The sun shine in
Let the sun shine, Let the sun shine in
The sun shine in
Let the sun shine, Let the sun shine in
The sun shine in
Let the sun shine, Let the sun shine in
The sun shine in
Let the sun shine, Let the sun shine in
The sun shine in

 

“Riding the love train,”  says my commenter, is better “than riding the train of fear, prejudice and misunderstanding.”  Which, I suppose is the train on which hateful dealers in reductive stereotypes such as I are apparently riding.

 

System overload

 

 

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