Crazy Things Men have Done in the Name of Love
LOVE is like a WAR, easy to start, hard to end, and impossible to forget
To me Robert Frost could not have explained it better, when he said “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired”. Love makes my world go around with that special lady at the center. The very thought of losing her brings about a feeling of bewildering depression! If ever such a nightmare becomes a reality I imagine myself doing things that are so out of character, which will be hard to comprehend from a stable state of mind. Anything and everything is an option. Normal becomes an illusion. “What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly”.
History, Literature and Pop culture have inspired, motivated and glamorised the monumental feats Men have done for the women they love. The addictive nature of powerful ideas from these inescapable media sources becomes a part of our thinking process, a much needed side-effect, if I can call it that!
What follows then is just a few citations of powerful ideas in which Men have put Love above all else:
=> In the Beginning of Time, according to the three Abrahamic religions, there were the First humans, Adam and Eve. Eve, after being tricked by Lucifer, ate the forbidden fruit. The punishment of eternal castratement from Paradise wasn’t a deterrent for Adam, who decided to eat the fruit anyway all for the sake love he had for Eve!
=> ‘Helen of Troy’ anyone? Homer describes Helen as ‘The Face that Launched a 1000 ships’. 50,000 men followed the king of Sparta, Menelaus, who thought his beloved wife had been kidnapped to Troy. An empire burnt to ashes all for Love!
=> Classic Historical literature cannot be Complete without ‘The Bard of Avon’. His plays and ideas still relevant today, had tragic tales of sacrifice. From Othello to Romeo and Juliet the power of love plays center stage.
=> From fiction to Fact, Have you ever realised why there is a Nobel Prize for achievements in the field of Mathematics? ‘The Merchant of Death’ a.k.a Alfred Nobel didn’t want to give away his Million dollar prize because his Mistress Sophie Hess was in Love with a famous Mathematician. How love shaped the course of scientific history!
=> In pop culture, movies like ‘Titanic’ to our Own ‘Devdas’ immortalises the deeds done by Men for their lady love!
=> Closer to home, Ramayana epitomises what an ideal Man did to rescue his damsel in distress. Ramayana considered one of the holiest of Hindu texts, has story after story on how Lord Ram went through the seven circles of Hell to save his consort Goddess Sita.
=> Oh … I forgot to mention, Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal for his Mumtaz.
So there it is: history, literature, religion and pop culture giving great examples of Men and their extraordinary feats to show how much they care about their loved one. The fear of Death or damnation is no deterrent to stop a Man who is in Love.
I love my girl as much as anyone in the list would have loved their own. Their feats are testaments to the power of love and what it could make a Man do.
Please do comment below on what is the craziest thing you’ve done for Love?