My experience is that popular culture tends to cheapen love (that leads to marriage) by describing it as something that is completely emotional or sexual in nature. It becomes something that seeks the moment and temporal joys/feelings that exist at the time. For example, one first sees a beautiful person, so what happens? They can fall prey to a shallow understanding that this person is beautiful not only on the outside, but also the inside. The next thing they know, they are lost in a careless river of emotion, driving them toward future pain and suffering. Although someone who lacks internal beauty still is to be loved, they cannot be joined in marriage because marriage is a bond that makes both one. If they remain separate, the marriage is incomplete. If an internally beautiful person is married to an internally ugly person, the union is less than beautiful.

Society sometimes even pushes that it doesn't matter what the internal beauties are, it all has to do with an emotion called love. So, if this emotion is fickle, so is love fickle. The variability of love makes it quite cheap as people have sex with multiple partners, divorce and remarry multiple times, and never spend the time necessary to deepen that love.


The Richest of Loves

I stand here watching as the people go by,
My grand fear taking in the picture so sly.

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Let's discuss what I see,
Let's grip the cup, my tea.
The drink, that passes so,
The think, harasses grow.

See ladies emerge beautiful so clear,
Feel thanks eat my soul, greeting grateful a scene

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My mind fancies a shallow meeting in dream,
I find scant need to greet in deep converse cream.

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My feelings spike increasing, seeing love new.
Life greets me live, so seeming, my person grew.

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Time sees each defect, mine and theirs gradually.
Grime, grease seeps deep in my poor life so lovely.

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Time grew our lives so ripe in clear unity,
I knew power tires of wasteful drain, down love streams. *

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My mind's aim failed sight for deep love always,
My blind gain trailed preferred light, and dark sways.

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Deep sight may pierce the night and break shallow shades
Real light stays fierce, love bright and great, depth grows faith.

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* - I think this verse may be quite difficult to follow. Power refers to the desire for power over someone else that can fuel shallow love relationships. When the relationship is felt to be a drain, the love disappeares.
Joshua Cantrell