It’s Valentine’s Day, a day to celebrate red and pink, the red in our blood, and the pink in the marrow of our bones.
There is a South American Indigenous saying: “To become human, one must make room in oneself for the wonders of the universe.”
Yes! This is the day for that.
The wonderful mystic and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote:
We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime, within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related; the eternal One.
According to an article in the New Yorker by Ian Parker, in the book Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari suggests that The Cognitive Revolution began about 70,000 years ago when Homo sapiens began to develop “nuanced language”. They were able to “communicate untruths”.
“As far as we know, only Sapiens can talk about entire kinds of entities that they have never seen, touched or smelled,” he writes, referring to myths and gods. “Many animals and human species could previously say ‘Careful! A lion!’ Thanks to the Cognitive Revolution, Homo sapiens acquired the ability to say, ‘The lion is the guardian spirit of our tribe.’ ”
They could unite with a shared philosophy, culture, and belief system.
As we know, we can unite through words, language, and beliefs, but also divide.
Today is a day to celebrate and feel the spirit of connection that flows through us all.
At heart, we are one.
Happy Valentine’s Day!