Why is the reality of dealing with individual people in real life so different than how we feel about people in general?
That impersonal love you feel for people in general is real, and is amazing. But when you are dealing with a person, specifically, you are dealing mostly with the friction of your persona on their persona. Okay, that sounds really odd, so perhaps I should rephrase that.
Love is smooth and flowing and penetrating. Personas have a lot of mechanical moving parts (literally) and are made up of lots and lots of armor and hooks and even more defensive mechanisms. Think of squid ink and booby traps.
Plus, real people are riddled with various parasites and sometimes worse. It’s just the way it is.
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