was Gwyneth Paltrow’s courageous character which compelled her to step outside her comfort zone to break extraordinary barriers due to her love of poetic words and the man who wrote them who was William Shakespeare. It was a demonstration of the power of love to inspire people to do things they would not ordinarily do. She suffered emotional heartache in the end, but she had the inner strength to transcend her fate and inspire Shakespeare to fulfill his dreams.
I think of this movie as encapsulating the earthy, romantic side of love which can be uplifting as well as fleeting, painful or long-lasting and nurturing depending on the human bonds involved. Kahlil Gibran described the two sides of love very eloquently in The Prophet recognizing that love can make us feel powerless at the same time that we are empowered by it. I think of the Liberty movement as encapsulating the intellectual, philosophical side of love which is grounded and moved by people’s love of freedom, principle and values. I think love is not only the foundation but the fuel behind the Liberty movement where people hold the welfare of their fellow man at the highest level inspired by a man who had the courage to break the boundaries of the establishment’s constraints because of his undying love of principle. Both romantic and philosophical aspects of love are necessary for the human heart to evolve as they counterbalance each other; one lays the spark and the other soothes the pain and lends perspective when needed. I do not believe liberty will die as in Gibran’s “north wind lays waste the garden” as long as people freely and bravely embrace their love of freedom and principle while allowing their rational, philosophical side to cope with the obstacles and challenges.
Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet):
“When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.
When you love you should not say,
"God is in my heart," but rather,
"I am in the heart of God."
And think not you can direct the course
of love, for love, if it finds you worthy,
directs your course.”
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