When I first read about women falling in love with a character in a phone app, I felt deeply sad. So many people suffer such isolation these days, such disconnection from other people and real nature, they are getting the emotional connection they desire from call centre conversationalists and video game characters. I thought this is heartbreaking.
I did my regular morning weblog reading, and I was reminded of how I care about various strangers I've never even met before - people I can't even sure are who they say they are. Some of them I don't even know what they look like. But still, it's easy to care about them.
It made me think of how we are a such a wonderfully loving species. (Although I don't like to talk of species really, because I'm not scientific - I believe our souls are our selves, and our bodies are simply about the experience we have in the world.) We people have a great tendency to love. Oh, how we deny it! How we hurt each other, kill each other. But our best and deepest instinct is love.
(As of course it may also be so for birds, animals, trees. We tend to think humans are the only ones who feel anything.)
So I came to realise how wonderful it is that people fall in love with fake boyfriend apps, and book characters, and movie actors. It's not something to be mocked or saddened by. It shows the beautiful way of our souls.
Here are some things I fell in love with recently ...
12 simple things that can bring peace into your home.
The theme music to Picnic at Hanging Rock (one of my favourite movies.)
The ideal body type over time (for women ... funny how it's never really changed much for men.)
Kids These Days.
And this perspective from Kelly Sauer is making me rethink my own attitude to my writing.
Joining with Kim Klassen for Friday Finds.