I and Thou

Close Relationships
  • The Power of Love

    The word Love is one the most popular words used to describe human bonding. The power of falling in love is unmistakable. Stories, songs and popular conversation use romantic love, the bonding energy that supports reproduction as the true meaning of love.

    Some popular songs resonate with a wide audience and are often copied over decades. I have arranged and recorded one of these songs the Power of Love which I made it my list of special songs. There are a small number of songs which appeal to me as hymns, anthems, big songs, the equivalent to Beethoven’s heroic rendition of Schiller’s poem, The Ode to Joy in the ninth symphony. These big songs are often about love of the highest calling.

    Jennifer Rush recorded the Power of Love in 1985 and it became popular worldwide, making the Guinness Book of Records as the best selling single by a female solo artist in the history of the British music industry. That record was broken by Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" in 1992. Laura Branigan’s cover made it to the U.S. Top 40 in 1987. Celine Dion made another hit version in 1994. The lyrics express the euphoria of falling in love, the reprieve “when the world outside's too much to take, that all ends when I'm with you.”

    The chorus is a promise that every normal man wants to hear from the woman he loves:” 'Cause I am your lady…” The promise of complete devotion seems realistic when you are falling in love, but fades or disappears over time. The promise suggests the biblical Ruth’s promise: “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people.“ This promise has been made in a thousand ways, probably for thousands of years. Of course, every woman wants a man who makes a similar commitment, but men are notoriously fickle. Nietzsche stated that only superior men and women have the right to promise. Most promises are made to be broken, so that superior knowledge, understanding and discipline are required to maintain commitments over time.

    Here is a sample the Jenifer Rush Lyrics

    The whispers in the morning
    Of lovers sleeping tight
    Are rolling by like thunder now
    As I look in your eyes
    I hold on to your body
    And feel each move you make
    Your voice is warm and tender
    A love that I could not forsake
    Cause I am your lady
    And you are my man
    Whenever you reach for me
    I'll do all that I can
    Lost is how I'm feeling lying in your arms
    When the world outside's too much to take
    That all ends when I'm with you
    Even though there may be times
    It seems I'm far away
    But never wonder where I am
    Cause I am always by your side
    Cause I am your lady
    And you are my man
    Whenever you reach for me
    I'll do all that I can

    • The book, I and Thou, focuses on intimate relationships. Innate tendencies are hard at work when people meet, become lovers and end with arguments and fighting. The same tendencies determine how family members interact and explain why so many families are “dysfunctional.” When lovers form an enduring pair bond, they often become parents and everything changes. Humans seek bonding with others and are distressed when they become isolated. Humans bond to each other in several ways. The most enduring bonds are kin-related, based on closely shared genes. The deepest bonding occurs when mother and infant are together continuously from birth and mother breast-feeds the infant. Bonds among family members are the most enduring. Bonds to friends, lovers and spouses are the next most significant. Bonds to colleagues, neighbors and even strangers that are admired from a distance are next. Friendships are often temporary bonds, based on the need to affiliate with others for protection, social status, feeding, sex and fun.
    • I  and Thou is available in a print and an eBook edition for download.  199 Pages.

    • Download I and Thou eBook

      Persona Digital publishes a series of books on current topics in psychology, music, neuroscience and philosophy. eBooks and can be downloaded to any destination on the planet. Printed books and eBooks are ordered from Alpha Online. Printed books are shipped only to Canada and the USA by postal services. Prices are in Canadian Dollars. US Prices are lower, depending of the exchange rate. The author is Stephen Gislason MD Download Persona Books Catalogue (free)

      Persona Digital

      The Psychology & Philosophy series was developed by Persona Digital Books. The books are copyright and all rights to reproduction by any means are reserved. The author is Stephen Gislason and the publisher is Persona Digital Books