14 "Alpha and Omega"

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In the beginning, was the word and the word was love and love was imagination. When love takes us through the sun-dappled garden of our imagination, no stalking horses can perturb the rainbow in our mind or fade out its bright colors reflecting in the blue sky of our memory.

If love can be considered as the underlying reason for living: it is the "Alpha and Omega" of our existence.

Though love may be the linchpin of being, it is only sand in a hand palm. The more one squeezes, the more one loses. Love is a promising 'possibility,' not an ultimate warranty. It is merely a 'contingent' phenomenon. When the cuddle hormone is present, the neurotransmitter oxytocin brings about affection, good feeling, sunniness, attachment, passion.

Is love just a butterfly?

Love can tell us so many things about the deep waters of our inner self and the secrecy in the hidden brushwood of our emotions.

But "Time" can be relentless because time is able to convert the flame of love into a mood of restraint. A paradise of worship can become a setting of animosity. Ecstasy can change into indifference. Mutual complicity can become a balance of power and heaven can turn into hell.

Eventually, we may become our only best friend: "Me, myself and I."

But, still, there is imagination and love is imagination and love is hope.

Billie Holiday has expressed that feeling. "I'm gonna be my own best friend. Me myself and I. That's all I got in the end. Love is so blind. It feels right when it's wrong. I know that I will never disappoint myself."

J. D. Salinger, the author of "The Catcher in the Rye," was afraid of being entangled in that kind of morose situations and he preferred relationships, which are less engaging on an emotional level. He grumbled: "I'm sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect."

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