He had not breathed a word of love, or dropped one hint of tenderness or affection, and yet i had been supremely happy. To be near him, to hear him talk as he did talk, and to feel that he thought me worthy to be so spoken to - capable of understanding and duly appreciating such discourse - was enough.
I want you to go back to tucson and bring me the bottle of tequila i keep in my liquor cabinet. and don't scare tim." volusian remained motionless in that way of his. "my mistress grows increasingly creative in her ways to torment me." "i thought you'd appreciate it." "only in so much as it inspires me to equally creative means to rip you apart when i am able to break free of these bonds and finally destroy you." "you see? there's a silver lining to everything. now hurry up.
More fundamental than religion is our basic human spirituality. We have a basic human disposition towards love, kindness and affection, irrespective of whether we have a religious framework or not. When we nurture this most basic human resource - when we set about cultivating those basic inner values which we all appreciate in others, then we start to live spiritually.
In my experience, it is affection that creates this taste, teaching us first to notice, then to endure, then to smile at, then to enjoy, and finally to appreciate the people who 'happen to be there.' made for us? thank god, no. they are themselves, odder than you could have believed and worth far more than we guessed.