There is no way to actually measure the most important things in life. Love, beauty, happiness, enjoyment and even life itself cannot be measured. We can try. We can for example say life is the collection of atoms that create the physical so let’s measure that. We can and do use the power of science to quantify as much as possible but in the end the things which matter most to us are measured by each of us according to our own standards. This makes them even more valuable in my mind.
Today marks the 200th article I have written and for some reason I choose mark this number as important. For the life of me I do not know why but I did. I thought nothing of the 100th, never even noticed it and would have to search the database to even find out about it, but 200 now that is a different story. I have anticipated it for a couple of weeks. I have thought about what to write on this day. I thought of it as important. And because I think it, I create it so. As it is true for me so is it true for you. We each create from that which we think. What I love most about this is the fact it is theoretical.
I remember once I was having a conversation with someone who believed the earth was only a few thousand years old. One of the supporting arguments for the belief was the fact that evolution is a theory. I smiled at this. Life is really just a theory as well, yet we live. In fact, I am not sure if we have even described life well enough to consider it a theory. We know it exists. We observe it. We have a relatively good idea of when it ends (though ask a doctor and they will tell you the actual moment of death is not precise). Perhaps life just is. Gravity is a theory but it does not change its operation regardless of how we describe it and humans had zero influence on it before we discovered our “theory”. A theory is really just our way of explaining something complex and brings it together into generally understood and agreed upon language. At the time Darwin started studying evolution he was a creationist. In fact he remained so for the next 20 years of his life as he discovered and consequently proved what educated people now know and accept to be evolution. To remain a creationist today is to be ignorant and by that I mean the definition from Confucius: Ignorance is a willful neglect or refusal to acquire knowledge. Clearly human knowledge has progressed significantly since most of the religious writings.
Notwithstanding the above let me add that each has the right to their opinion and to choose their beliefs and far be it from me to discourage it. After all how will we learn the next truth if we are not constantly challenging that which we think we know. It is essential and I for one love to learn something new every chance I get. My other caveat is that religion contributes significantly to the human experience and I would not want to live in a world without spiritual thoughts and beliefs regardless of the fact that I do not personally believe most of them. It suits me to believe in a higher power and to organize my beliefs within a spiritual framework. I enjoy ritual and tradition, in fact most humans thrive on it. Perhaps that is naive and I am simply in a different state of ignorance as well but it is an enjoyable state for me. I once watched a program on a man who was atheist and I did think to myself that my thoughts on religion are really just the natural evolution of the form of Christianity I was taught (United Church of Canada) and yet clearly I know I am not Christian, Muslim, Jewish or Buddhist. And yet I am not very open to the thought there is no divine power although I have more than one friend who is 100% atheist and I do not find it difficult to talk to them or accept their choice.
So after that somewhat long introduction here is my theory of love and I encourage your comments and/or contrarian perspectives. I love because I do. I love because I was created from love. I love because I am made of love. I love because it is necessary to my well being. I love because it stimulates molecular changes in my corporeal body from which I derive health benefits. I love because it is fun to do. I love because I exist. I love because I can. I love myself and as a consequence I can love you. I love because it is in fact the missing particle that holds the universe together. It is my theory and because I think it I create it and this is part and parcel of me creating a life I love to live.