Love and Let Love!
October 24, 2012
With the vote for the same-sex marriage amendment upcoming, we felt it was timely to repost this blog from a year ago. We hope that you agree that we all should have the legal right to marry whomever we choose to. If you don’t agree with this, please at least consider that our government’s position on what is socially acceptable and what is deemed legal or not has continued to change throughout our history. We hope that you will agree that these amendments have been for the better and that you too are ready to evolve and grow, as has our great nation.
Having been in the engagement and wedding ring business for most of my life, I’ve had the opportunity to meet literally thousands of couples in love looking for rings to symbolize their relationship and lifelong commitment to one another. These couples come in all sizes, shapes, colors and types. The one thing they usually all share in common is their love for one another. It’s truly the reason I’m in this business. And I’m sure that our EE Robbins associates would say the same.
I believe that love makes life worth living. It is the most wonderful of all emotions. I can’t even imagine what my life would be like without my wife and best friend, Sherri.
The diametrically opposite emotion to love is hate. Hate is an ugly word, and an even uglier emotion. While we know that hate exists, often abundantly, we all wish it did not. Even so-called religious people (from many assorted religions) can sometimes be inconsistent in their love and at times even hateful in their thoughts and actions. I’m always amazed at this hypocrisy. Isn’t religion, worshiping God in any form, supposed to be about love? Would God, or however you or I define a Supreme Being, want us to be hateful? I’m certainly no preacher, nor even formally religious, but it seems to me that love should be the driving force in life. It sure shouldn’t be hate!
The point is this – love comes in many different forms. I have seen couples that are totally in love that are man and woman, loving couples that are man and man and couples in love that are woman and woman. And all of these relationships are beautiful in their own way and deserving of equal respect and equal status. Now maybe by my writing about this controversial topic, some people will no longer want to shop at EE Robbins. That is certainly one’s choice, but if you or someone you know feels that way, I would ask you to search your heart and ask yourself if such beliefs are truly loving? Or do you believe that your own narrow concept of love is the only way that love can be defined?
I was a history major in college and I still continue to read a lot of historical non-fiction. I can tell you without question that beliefs, customs and what is considered socially acceptable change and evolve with the times. It was only about a hundred and fifty years ago that many people in this country felt that it was morally acceptable for one human being to own and enslave another human being. It was less than one hundred years ago that our country allowed women the right to vote. Before that time, many people felt women did not deserve this right. Now think about this for a moment – it was only about fifty years ago that many white people in this country felt that those of a different color did not deserve to share the same equal rights.
When will we learn? When will we accept that we are not all the same? When will we understand that we don’t have to look, act and or think the same? When will we evolve to the point that we can celebrate our differences rather than condemn those who don’t believe as we do?
I’d be willing to bet and I fervently hope that it won’t be long before we accept that people can love differently than we do. Some of us find love with the opposite sex and others may find love with the same sex. Either way, it is still love! And two people in love, no matter their sexual preference, deserve to be viewed the same and given the same basic and equal rights.
That is true love! And it’s how I want our world to be. Isn’t it time that we all learn to love and let love?
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