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A Flock of Sparrows for Majel: The World Only Wants You to Feel Good

A Flock of Sparrows for Majel

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.” ― Oscar Wilde

(About a 3 minute read)

Nine of every twelve truths
The world tells you about love are false.

The world is not trying to harm you,
That’s not the problem.

The world is only trying to make you feel good.

The world tells you love is cute.
It only wants you to feel good.

The world tells you love is soft.
It only wants you to feel good.

The world tells you love has no thorns.
It only wants you to feel good.

The world tells you how to love.
It only wants you to feel good.

The world points your feet down a road.
It tells you down that road you’ll find love.
It only wants you to feel good.

The world tells you to look at your feelings.
It only wants you to feel good.

The world tells you to look at what she means to you.
It only wants you to feel good.

The world tells you to look at what he means to you.
It only wants you to feel good.

My friend, if you want to love someone,
Look away from the smoke and to the fire.
Look away from how you feel and look at them.
Look away from what they mean and look at them.

Forget how you feel. Your feelings will be there anyway.
Treat your feelings like a hardy weed you don’t need to garden.
Focus on your feelings when you want to navel-gaze.
But don’t focus on your feelings and call it love.
That’s like calling the smoke the fire.
Don’t call that love, don’t fool yourself.

You tell her she’s the one.
But you treat her just like you treat one hundred other women.

You tell him he’s the one.
But you treat him just like you treat one hundred other men.

Who have you been looking at?

The world tells you to look at you.
Do you really think that helps you better see your beloved?

I see the sparrow singing in the hedge.
Do I see it any better by looking at my feelings?
I see the sparrow singing in the hedge.
Do I see it any better by looking at what it means to me?
I see the sparrow singing in the hedge.
Do I see it any better by looking at me?

People so often close their hearts
Just when they think they have learned to open them.
The world tells them which way to swing the door.
The world only wants them to feel good.

If you really want to love someone,
If you really care to love,
Don’t rest your gaze upon your navel,
Turn your gaze to them instead.

You can know everything there is to know
About your feelings.

You can know everything there is to know
About what someone means to you.

You can know all of that, and even more,
Without knowing a thing about the one you love.

You can know all of that, and even more,
While you’re leaving your beloved
And heading off down the road.

3 thoughts on “A Flock of Sparrows for Majel: The World Only Wants You to Feel Good”

  1. Yesterday, I was talking with a friend who was conflicted about their ex. I told them they needed to not look at the past, or at my, or anyone else’s, personal feelings on this because they needed to do what would make them happy and content in a relationship. I told them if they were doing things just because others felt a certain way, it would be a false sense of love and security and it’d be unfair to themselves and others. I also told them that someone being with them for their own personal gain is selfish. I don’t mean an intent to hurt, but wanting to be with them just because they’d be happy. It should be totally mutual. I told them that loving someone is wanting them to be happy, even if that means sacrificing your own feelings for it, because if you really love someone, you want their happiness over your own personal gain (again, this isn’t always intentionally negative).

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