Have you noticed how often the word “love” is appearing in advertisements? The word “love” must have an attraction to draw the attention of people more than it used to have. I wonder about that, because it seems we are being called more and more to be a loving people. This love is being expressed through relationships in a diversity of cultures, in and through the social media, in a growing volunteerism, etc.
Are we growing from a culture focused primarily on being rational, having “the facts”, judging, counting, and categorizing everything as things to a more relational mode of living? In the book The Social Animal, David Brooks tells of the difference between how North Americans and Chinese respond to a test to categorize the subjects in a picture of a cow, a chicken, and grass. The North Americans point out that the cow and the chicken are animals. The Chinese put the cow and the grass together because they are related.