Is it possible to love people without knowing them?
I hope so, because I've never known anybody, have you?
Everybody I ever knew, surprised me sooner or later -- something I didn't know about them -- so I hope so.
Otherwise, I'm in real trouble, aren't I?
Somebody assumes that they can know somebody -- no.
Can't do that.
Even the most mechanical human being occasionally surprises you with some new behavior you've never seen before, isn't that right?
I don't care how mechanical they are and you think you know that machine inside and out, sooner or later it does something really unusual -- so you didn't know them, did you?
Maybe I can be in the process of knowing someone.
So maybe we could rephrase the question as ``Can I love someone while knowing them?'' instead.
Because I already do know them, without being interested enough in them that I want to be in the process of knowing them.
In other words, to be still interested in them, moment by moment by moment.
I don't say, ``Okay, now I know that person, I can drop my interest in them.''
Now, how can I love them when I'm not even interested enough to pay attention to them anymore because I know them?
If I'm not interested enough in you to keep paying attention to you, no matter how many years I've known you, then how can I say, ``I love you'' -- when I won't even give you attention?
What kind of love is that?
That isn't even interested in what it supposedly loves?
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