Deeper-Love: Devotion

The Theory of Balanceology designates devotion as the third condition for Deeper-Love.  In a deeper-love relationship two beings share intimacy and union that ultimately includes devotion —> a dedication to the one being loved. There is a devotion of time, concern, welfare, and purpose. A devotion of overcoming separateness, yet maintaining separate identities. Devotion is about fidelity, faithfulness, and passion. The two beings are passionate for the person they love. If I was pressed to give an example of devotional love it is my understanding of the love that Nancy and Ronald Reagan shared, and where Nancy said they “completed each other.” I appreciate Pierre Teilhard de Chardin saying, “to love is to discover and complete one’s self in someone other than oneself.” (1969)  Devotion is a cross-fertilization of partnering with another person;  i. e. together forming a partnership.   I do value Montaigne saying, if  press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I …. love alone is  capable of uniting living beings in  such a way as to complete them, for it alone takes them and joins them what is deepest in them.”  (16th Cent)


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