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Love: What Life Is All About Paperback – August 27, 1996
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Leo talks not only about loving others, but loving yourself. Love your face, even if your nose doesn't quite match the rest of your face. Love yourself for who you are, no matter who that may be. It's the funny and odd things about us that sometimes makes us the most loveable. So, buy this book and, if your paying attention to what is said in it, learn to laugh, hug, cry (yes, even grown men can cry), and fall in love with this rollercoster we call life.
Our scientifically oriented society, says Buscaglia, is prejudiced against love as a power to affect the human condition. Society sees love as "supercilious, unscientific bosh." The individual must develop him- or herself to the fullest to discover and celebrate her own uniqueness. Society wrongly teaches us to value a person for what she has rather than who she is or what she does. Buscaglia sounds the battle cry for freedom -- refuse to be molded into a likeness deemed "proper" by societal codes. Rather, be free to become your own person, loving yourself and your fellowman.
Everyone should have someone in his or her life who says, "I will love you no matter what...if you fall on your face, if you do the wrong thing, if you make mistakes, if you behave like a human being -- I will love you no matter."
He's pretty hard on the educational system, saying it has stifled individuality and creativity in children. "The true fuction of the child's education should be the process of helping him to discover his uniqueness, aiding him toward its development and teaching him how to share it with others." This is where I take issue with him, having pretty well agreed up to this point. Our schools have excelled in doing that very thing to the detriment of the three R's and as a result we have college freshmen who are arrogant and disrespectful, who have never read a book and who can't spell. (I speak from personal experience in teaching college level creative writing.)
I do agree with his emphasis on honesty and truth, however, believing as I do that it is the very foundation of our society and has not been emphasized to children for much too long.
Do read this one. It's a book that will confront you and make you think. You may or may not agree with him -- or with me -- but you will enjoy analyzing his points and developing your own views on the subjects.
This book is the real life guidebook on love. Leo explains that love and life are inseperable and that to love is to live and to live is to love. Leo also goes in depth about how even as children we haven't been introduced to love appropriately. We aren't hugged enough, we aren't talked to enough, and we generally are taught that intimacy is wrong.
This book is a classic on my bookshelves and I feel that many other people can agree with my claim. The only drawback is that many people may find this book to be corny or to outlandish at times. But I think that this only adds to the humor and enjoyability of the book.
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I love Leo Buscaglia...I have bought all of his books over the years...I am replacing the ones I cannot seem to find. His books helped me through a very rough chapter of my life.Published 3 months ago by Patricia Brown
This is a great little book that investigates the concept of love from a variety of different perspectives. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carol Buza
I LOVE this book! My partner gave it to me to read because he loved it so much and wanted to share his experience. Read morePublished 7 months ago by qktenorio