Love is the extremely difficult realisation that something other than oneself is real. Love, and so art and morals, is the discovery of reality.
As much as we’d like everything to meet our needs and desires, there is thing called reality that artists and writers struggle to understand.
Psychologists tell us that babies feel that life is all about them and their needs, and when we get older we must embrace the reality that the world does not revolve around us. Murdoch seems to be saying the same thing in this quote that I found in a wonderful collection of quotes about love in the book The Spirit of Loving.
Yet, the discovery of something other than oneself can be more than a process of growing up. It can be a liberation and an expansion of our spirit and talents. The magic of discovering we are part of something beyond our individual self teaches us that we have the power to create reality for more than ourselves.
We have the choice to love, the choice to create art, and the choice to live by morals or standards that are good for the collective.
How are you choosing to love, live and create art today?
- Iris Murdoch on studying as a virtue (hyperorg.com)
- A writer at war: letters and diaries of Iris Murdoch (review) (khanya.wordpress.com)
- What Is Reality? (living4everyday.com)
- Writer of Destiny: Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (writingyourdestiny.com)