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Meandering thoughts of a Bay Area college student… be prepared for some bipolar vocabulary


Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves that we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.

-St. Augustine

What I wouldn’t give to go through the entire process.

Hmm, I’ve read through this epic quote closely, and I change my mind.

Actually, I have. I absolutely have gone through this process. It was fucking amazing. I’ve “fallen in love” with someone before (although according to the quote, any of us can convince ourselves that we are). And out of this, a close bond made us closer together. But St. Augustine never really said that the other person had to love you back for this magical process to occur. Whether or not the recipient of your love is oblivious or not, if you have the guts, you should walk up and talk to her. No, not for the sake of tapping that. Sure, you can do that for fun on your own time. But I mean talk to her as a friend. (Oh and by the way, if you’re really shy and have a hard time talking to new people, the next time you see somebody you’d like to talk to, imagine that person as your best friend. You become more confident, natural, and less… closed) If you talk to her as a friend, maybe you’d be able to validate your feelings.

Because what St. Augustine talks about in the falling “in love” part is what we today call passion. And passion, from what I’ve heard, is overrated. It fizzles and burns out. But hopefully what you’re left with is trust, security, and something much much deeper than the falling in love part. Unfortunately I really can’t describe what this is, having never been there myself. I wish I had a grown up to explain this better.


<—- Interestingly, this really is how I approach college essays and even my blog entries sometimes, only I don’t go as far overboard as Calvin. Weak ideas can be made stronger if you use the right words and argue correctly. It’s all smoke and mirrors though, magicians’ tricks to obscure the weakness behind a flawed theory. However, as your writing skills develop, you could find that an idea that you thought was weak in the beginning will end up being… well, brilliant!

Anyways, this is one of my favorite strips and I’m sure Calvin will grow up to be an elite, professional b.s.-er. He already has a killer vocabulary for an elementary school student.

That’s it for now.



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