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  • Venus will appear as a small dark dot crossing sun’s face for last time in this century today. Last transit of Venus in our lifetimes! This transit of Venus will be the last one for the 21st century. It will take place across a period of nearly seven hours on June 5-6, 2012, and, for many places, sunrise or sunset will occur while the transit is in progress. During the transit, Venus will appear in silhouette as a small, dark dot moving in front of the solar disk. This exceedingly rare astronomical event – a transit of Venus – won’t happen again until December 11, 2117.

    With Venus on the move today, and with the inspiration of my good friend, I thought it appropriate to discuss the nature of love. I love love, as anyone who knows me knows. When I think about love, I think about bravery. It takes courage to be a lover.

    How can love be defined? According to the Greeks, love is divided by three. There is Eros, the love between a man and woman. Romantic, passionate, thrilling love. But Plato went further, saying that the true nature of eros was a common desire to seek transcendental beauty. In particular, the beauty we find in an individual reminds us of the beauty that we find in the world. There is Philos, the love between friends. Philos is the love of brotherhood. The nature of philos, to quote Aristotle, is found in those who share our dispositions, who bear no grudges, who seek what we do, who are temperate and just. Finally, there is Agape. Often described as the love of God for Man - agape is simply unconditional love, without the need or desire for reciprocity.

    How do I personally define love? Not particularly religious but I thought Paul got it right in his letter to the Corinthians.

    Love is patient, love is kind.
    It does not envy, it does not boast,
    it is not proud.
    It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,
    it is not easily angered,
    it keeps no record of wrongs.
    Love does not delight in evil
    but rejoices with the truth.
    It always protects, always trusts,
    always hopes, always perseveres.
    Love never fails.

    Love never fails. If you believe that, there is nothing that can really harm you. Although, if you believe it, you will join our ranks. Are you a fool for love?

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