Chasing Love

“Beautified for men is the love of things they covet; women… [Sûrah Âl-¢Imrân, 3:14]

It works vice versa too.

When I was young, I used to barf at stories that ended in a romantic setting. Yep, Cinderella, Snow White, The Little Mermaid—they were all too syrupy for me. I was more into horror and mystery fiction, which kept me on my toes.

As I grew older, every novel and movie, whatever the genre, almost always had a subplot involving two individuals falling in love. I seemed to mind less, as long as the story line was captivating. I now think that is where I went wrong.”

Challenging Peer Relativity

“You see, comparing ourselves to others is not so much about gloating at the latter’s misdeeds, but rather a defense mechanism to placate our own selves. It is easy for the parent to dismiss it as typical teenaged rebelliousness, because their instant comeback is along the lines of “What about the good things they do?” or “Does it make you a better person because the other is doing even worse things?””


I WONDER IF the all-caps, hyphenated form of the word does it the same justice as Mel Gibson’s holler at the end of Braveheart….