Ardent Eden

Ardent Eden is a place to explore my thoughts about the interdependence of life - humanity and nature - and to engage with others for collective problem-solving.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Simply From the Heart

All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
All you need is love (all together now)
All you need is love (everybody)
All you need is love, love, love is all you need

- John Lennon/Paul McCartney

It really is that simple. I believe that the words of the famed Beatles song are meant to be taken in the broadest possible sense. That is, we all need to love in an active way -- reaching out to all of humanity and all of nature from the heart. Instead of ranting against the consumerism that typically marks Valentines Day, I am choosing today to focus on the love that I have to send out into the world. It may sound sappy or soft, but I believe that it’s all we need to do.

In the spirit of love for our neighbors, I am celebrating Valentines Day by making a donation to Partners In Health. You may have heard about Paul Farmer’s organization in Mountains Beyond Mountains (recommended reading!) PIH puts love into action by creating “a preferential option for the poor” and providing health care services to those with the least resources in the world. They literally save lives that would be lost to TB, malaria, and AIDS.

My heart feels fuller already. And you have to love that!


  • At 11:36 AM, Anonymous Karen said…

    Thanks for the wonderful sentiment!

  • At 1:02 AM, Blogger Norene said…

    partners in health looks like a great org. i'd never heard of it. i like the way you chose to express love this valentine's day.

  • At 3:15 PM, Blogger Walker said…

    How many times has a heart not been healed because words of love were withheld in the name of avoiding sappiness. Some things are complicated, but some things are very simple. Thank you for your willingness to state the obvious and provide a means for helping our fellows.

  • At 1:38 AM, Blogger Jim said…


    You, and the Beatles are correct.

    All we need is LOVE!


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