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Love is Blind

Love sees not with eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is wingėd Cupid painted blind

It was Shakespeare who coined the phrase regarding love’s indifference to what we directly perceive with our senses but his intention was more to indicate that everything we do, no less – those deep visceral and emotional facts of our lives, are first and foremost mental phenomena.

I love not what I see but what I believe I see and the effect on perception by expectation being what it is, this forms a kind of self-reinforcing feedback loop. Material beauty has a role to play but only a fool (or a poet) might ever believe that there was not some other, deeper meaning at work here.

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