On The Power of Love:

Our connections of love is what our universe is built upon.


There are 7.4 billion of us on this planet.

Think about that for a moment.

The largest arena in the western world is the Big House in Michigan, and it can hold around 108 000. It should be called the Mad House, because it’s absolute bedlam when it’s packed to capacity.

It’s hard to conceptualise just how many people 108 000 is. Yet over 155 000 newborns came into the world today.

It would take just over 30 million of us to link hands and circle the entire earth once.

And that would only be 0.4% of our population.

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Remote camera placement for the “Under the Lights” game with Michigan and Notre Dame at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., on September 10, 2011. [Source: http://www.fanthem.com ]
So what is it, out of a trillion possible combinations, that brings us together with a single other human; our better half; our twin flame?

Some of us may have had many partners throughout our time, and some of us may never find “the one”, but for the many of us, we come across that woman or man who takes our breath away and never gives it back.

We form a bond that time and space cannot erase.

When I think of that bond formed between two lovers in a sea of others, I think of an ocean. Sea what I did there? I’m shore you did.

Take an individual water molecule, composed of oxygen and hydrogen. On one end of the spectrum, there is basically an infinite amount of both hydrogen and oxygen in the universe. Because of this essentially limitless nature, the bonding of one oxygen to two hydrogen is actually the bonding of all hydrogen with all oxygen.

In the same way we do not perceive an ocean for each of its tiny water molecules, it’s as redundant to differentiate any single bond between a hydrogen atom and an oxygen atom from another bond of the same make-up.

In reality, however, and no matter how seemingly arbitrary the match, a singular hydrogen atom finds itself bound to a singular oxygen atom for an astronomically long period of time, in a bond representing the limitless connectivity of the collective, but also a connection of an infinitely intimate nature.

The molecules do not choose their bond, the bond chooses the molecules through a series of intricately functioning cogs of chance, coincidence, and fate.

Ocean (2005) by Vija Celmins

I see the same in a relationship between two human lovers.

When a man falls in love with a woman he is, in fact, every man to have ever existed loving every female to have ever walked this earth.

And yet – like his oxygen and hydrogen brethren (for what are we if not primarily a collection of molecules?) – he is still a singular man bound to a singular woman in a seemingly arbitrary connection of a love that is truly boundless.

We are part of a love that is everywhere, in everything, and yet part of one that is infinitely unique to the singular bond that has – like the bonds which hold water together – chosen us.

I forget where I heard the quote that hate destroys and love creates. I’m not even sure how it applies here. But I fucking love it.

We are representative of a love infinitely expansive but equally as inclusive. Each of us as an individual is actually all men and women coming together, and by extension we are each a collective love which is simply in a perpetual loving relationship with itself.

And yet, here we are, a singular man out of trillions bound forever to a singular woman out of trillions in a apparently random yet infinitely complex and interconnected web of life and love.

This is the power of creation; the universal love that holds all things together.

And it’s the force that keeps you and I in an endless return to one another, for all of eternity.

Be good to each other,

– MG.

14 thoughts on “On The Power of Love:

  1. I like your take on this. It’s beautiful and logical and works. I’ve always been a fan of Plato’s Symposium and the view presented on soulmates. “It is said that when the two find each other, there is an unspoken understanding of one another, that they feel unified and would lie with each other in unity and would know no greater joy than that”.

    Loving love.

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  2. I guess this didn’t really work for me because an individual water molecule is made up of one oxygen and two hydrogen (H2o) so I found this analogy isn’t really right for a bond between two people, it’s more like a little threesome…

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    1. You’re absolutely right. I had immense faith that my readers would all have a basic understanding of grade 7 chemistry and would know the make up of water – I used water for its symbolic purposes.

      But I also had faith that the majority of them would be capable of expanding beyond the restrictions of such a simple analogy to get the bigger picture – and luckily for me the overwhelming majority of them did.

      If it makes it easier for you, apply the same analogy to a covalent hydrogen bond of H2, with each hydrogen representing a person bound to the other.

      Or, if you enjoyed the ocean analogy, then apply the same thought again to water – the two hydrogen atoms in an H20 molecule representing two humans, and the oxygen they bond to is representative of a love greater than themselves.

      Whatever helps you see the bigger picture, go with that one.

      Thanks for reading and the comment! It’s sometimes best to address the obvious.

      Take care,


      1. Yeah, that’s the nearest I get to religion. Looking back at the other comments, there was a reference to Plato’s ‘Symposium’. I believe that’s where he expounds the theory that our love for another individual becomes, with maturity, a wider love for others and for the world. Just reading Nietzsche’s ‘Zarathustra’ and his big idea is ‘becoming’ … what I would call social and cultural evolution. Thanks for the post, got me thinking!

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