PCS Reflection: July 23, 2013

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

What do you think this quote means? Write at least 100 words.

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5 responses to “PCS Reflection: July 23, 2013

  1. I do not agree with writer’s opinion actually. I think if you want a relationship become stronger, you must have some special experiences together. I mean it is not must be adventures. For example , you worked together to finish one thing. We are living with love. Everyone has different ways to show their love. Sometimes when you and you friend even scold each other , after you forgive each other and your friendship will stronger. In our family , when I was a child, I hate my parents when they were scolding me. I had not thought about why ther scolded me and what was third prupose. Now I know that is the way me parents show their love. They want me to do better. Overall, I think love is not must careful and try to not break it. Sometimes when love was broken , love will be stronger.

  2. For me this quote is give a wrong idea because this quote tell us to not show love or care to other people and also this quote tell us to not trust on anyone. I don’t think this way of life will bring us happiness, because if you keep your love and didn’t trust anyone you will feel lonely. And if you didn’t have trust on anyone you will not have someone who you can depend on when you have troubles or hard situations. I think our life will be better if we can love other people and trust on someone, that kind of life will bring you happiness and meaningful life.

  3. I think this quote means to love is to be vulnerable. The reason is love is equals to give, maybe care, money, materals, protect even scold or more. All of these actions show that you are treat them heart to heart and really desire them become stronger, more mature or more. You put so much effect on it and just hope them can feel admirable. In most of times we can receive positive result, but sometimes are not. Therefore, it may make you feel disappointed and hurt.

  4. To me i would think that this quote is telling people to not love at all. it is really negative as it advises people to not show care and concern. To never trust anyone in our lives but to take pleasure in our hobbies and little luxuries. Personally to me, placing our hobbies and luxuries above love is just wrong as it deludes us into thinking that our happiness is just the about “what we love doing” and “our material comforts”. To lock our hearts in a casket away from everyone is telling us to never show our true feelings but to be expressionless and hide our true personalities which are our true attributes as a person. As no one will ever come to know of our true personalities and that we will never be able to truly show our true love for others and be expressionless, our hearts will continue to grow cold and we would find life much more meaningless to live on. It would be much harder to live life meaningfully and lively after having to choose to lock it away from all that it desires.

    • Markov: On the contrary, context is important. 🙂 C.S. Lewis is a well-known author who often writes about God, love, and whose writing inspires people to search out the truth. This quote is actually saying that we have a choice: we can choose to love, which means that we’ll be vulnerable (our hearts will be wrung, and possibly broken) but it also leads to a much greater reward. On the flip side, we can choose not to love – we can hide ourselves in the casket (another word for coffin) of our own selfishness, but to do so would actually harden our hearts and cause us to lose the ability to give and receive love.

      I had to write all that stuff about C.S. Lewis in case you leave with a permanent wrong impression of him. This quote was a little hard to figure out, but it really isn’t trying to be negative! 🙂

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