This is a few verses of the Bible paraphrased. It's put like this word for word in the tv series The Office.
I have watched The Office from Season 1 to 9 in the last two months and I'm almost finished with it. It became very clear to me at the end of season 2 that the only reason I will watch and finish this show is because of Jim and Pam's relationship to each other. The series can be funny, but it is generally a type of humiliation humor that just gives me anxiety. I know people who just love this kind of comedy, but it really isn't for me, and comedy is my favorite genre.. I generally enjoy all kinds. And seriously, I frequently have to pause the show and give myself a 10 minute break to digest those parts in the show where someone really shoves a foot in their mouth or commits a major faux pas. But Jim and Pam and their relationship, which the fictional camera crew admit to being what the in-show documentary is mainly focused on, are the reason I have watch the series from front to back.
In this 20th episode of the 9th season, Jim and Pam are having a tiny rough patch in their relationship, and when Jim pushes aside the awkwardness and hugs Pam, who's admitted that her heart has felt blocked, she remembers the above quote, the vow spoken to them by the man who marries them and in that moment they seem healed. And the whole scene just filled me up with emotion. Fitting that it was on Valentine's day when I saw it too.
The problem with posts like these is that emotions aren't transferable. I cannot make you understand even a little the way I felt during this scene, but it was positive and it was powerful. As much bullshit as the emotion of love has put me through, as cynical as it has made me over the years, as sad and as indifferent as it has made me become.. I still believe in true love. Sure, this fictional bunch of characters was written and imagined by someone else and isn't real.. that's the biggest bummer about this. I have seen true love and have felt it, sometimes it's reciprocated, sometimes it's one sided, sometimes it isn't for one particular person concerning a sexual relationship. But one thing for sure is it's not common. Most of the time when 'love' is expressed, it's not real love. Most of the time it's bullshit or blind or exaggerated or fake. But when I see it, I know it, and it makes me happy.