My name is Paul, I am 21, was born in France but have always lived far away. First Poland, then Malaysia, Thailand, the United States and now England.
I want to start this by saying that I will be forever grateful to my parents for giving me this endless desire to understand others and learn from them. I will also be forever grateful to the era we live in today, one that is almost ‘borderless’. I hope that you realise the limitless power in that, too. And I say almost, as some still fear the power of opening up to the point that they want to build up giant walls to protect themselves. This idea of setting barriers to Love is something I still have trouble making sense of and sleeping on.
My experiences taught me we do not belong anywhere, but the Love I have received and shared, from the smallest of gestures to the most extravagant, made me feel like I belonged everywhere. And others belonged there with me. So if there is one thing I’ve learned along the way is that you shouldn’t, and should never, let anything stand in the way of Love. Not age. Not gender. Not race. Not ethnicity. Not religion. Not wealth. Not stereotypes. Not political parties. Not our past. Not that these are to be ignored or even worse, disrespected, as they make us who we are and there is so much we can learn from them. But they should never be portrayed or seen as impechments to Love. Never. We have been taught, for most unconsciously and unwillingly, that pigments or beliefs categorise and rank the Human race. It’s time you, me and our generation change that.
Learn what Love means to you, how you can express it, understand it and recognise it. And then give it. Talk about it. Share it every day and with every one, put it in everything you do.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” – MLK
Remember this, always.
– Paul Couve
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