Is Don Henley Right?
Is there not enough love in the world?
The former Eagle may have memorialized a negative response to this question through a song title, but I’m not sure I agree with the sentiment expressed by him and his fellow songwriters.
Reason to doubt #1:
We’ve learned plenty about bloodbaths, oppression and abuse of power by heads of state, and the rise and fall of empires from history courses. But if historians were to chronicle all the love, compassion or mercy involved in building and/or saving every nation and every type of civilization, I wonder what those history books would tell us?
Reason to doubt #2:
If the above reason has the weight of a goose down feather, consider this: each person who has ever lived takes roughly nine months to be born. Wouldn’t you suppose that some form of love would grow in those months?
Why, yes, there are exceptions. But those who may be tempted to categorize a completed human gestation period as simply a basic scientific function with no accompanying emotional investment, may I suggest, are likely not female nor a mother. There is an undeniable attachment, beyond the obvious physical, that builds during those months — ripening months that very often come with considerable discomfort and risk in so many countries still today. And as someone who has actively participated in extending the human life cycle, I have to cast a quizzical eye on Don’s words if I intend to contribute to the well-being of the next generation.
Reason to doubt #3:
If you, like me, have received kindness/affection/a smile — all of which are arguably signs of love — from those familiar and strange alike, then perhaps there are reasonable grounds to suspect that there could be enough love in this world? One has to wonder how much more love/kindness/compassion one would receive from those (s)he has yet to meet.
This question was inspired by a conversation with my husband. A shopkeeper in our neighborhood consistently gets vilified on Yelp for her poor customer service. Theories abound as to how this woman keeps her shop open. Husband and I both have felt her blank stares and cold words. I’ve even on one occasion walked out of her establishment in a huff.
I wonder if she has already sided with the sentiment expressed by Mr. Henley and his cohorts without doing her due diligence?
Thankfully, I have not. There is simply not enough evidence to convince me that there is not enough love in the world.
Do you agree with Don Henley’s song title There’s Just Not Enough Love in the World?
About the shopkeeper, should I go back to her store and show some love?