All You Need is Love?


A great post by Why I Am Catholic yesterday:

Janis Joplin’s only #1 hit was “Me and Bobby McGee,” Kris Kristofferson’s bluesy ballad of romantic love. Kristofferson was Joplin’s “lover,” but how much good did that do her? Hey, but maybe “Feelin’ good is good enough for me.”

The Doors’ 1967 super hit was “Light My Fire,” about the hottest sort of love, baby. Which didn’t do a lot of good for Jim Morrison, now, did it?

Is it any surprise that the biggest, longest-lasting hit of the 1960s was “(Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”? Well, not really, no.

Somehow, I end up at 1st Corinthians 13, which must be the Biblical text used most often in weddings since the 1960s. “The greatest of these is love?” Sure thing. But does anyone ever give a thought at any of those profoundly romantic moments about the two cardinal virtues that come first?

A great Jesuit high school teacher of a friend of mine used to put the following question up on the backboard which read:

“I can’t POSSIBLY live without….

A) Love
B) a Job”

It was interesting to hear the argument go around the room from all factions. The job folks won out logically, but those who picked love contended that if people just loved each other they might not need the job and they could live on the love offered by others.

Interesting thoughts regardless. And Why I Am Catholic’s thought about the other two cardinal virtues: faith and hope give us further thoughts as well.

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