Rings and Strings

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Marilyn sang about it, Nicole remade it, DiCaprio had a movie about it, and De Beers had an empire made of it. Yes folks, diamonds.

The ever-reliable Wikipedia defines it as 

an allotrope of carbon, where the carbon atoms are arranged in a variation of theface-centered cubic crystal structure called a diamond lattice. Diamond is less stable than graphite, but the conversion rate from diamond to graphite is negligible atambient conditions. Diamond is renowned as a material with superlative physical qualities, most of which originate from the strong covalent bonding between its atoms. In particular, diamond has the highest hardness and thermal conductivity of any bulk material. Those properties determine the major industrial application of diamond in cutting and polishing tools.

Admit it, you went past that elaborate yet accurate definition. To most people diamonds symbolize strength, purity, and unimaginable value. Thus it has become almost a rule that to prove to someone that this is it, I’m in it for the long run, you gotta give the big clear rock. I remember a friend who absolutely (though she did it in so many words) refused to let her boyfriend pop the question because it just HAD to be a diamond ring. I was like, poor guy. So in-love and in a few months, will be so broke. Well he bought one eventually and now they’re married.

These kind of stories kinda makes one wonder, why is it that we have to always have to prove how we felt about someone? Has this world been so saturated with lies and deceit that positive fluffy feelings like love is met with doubt and suspicion? I mean think about it. Your never believed your high school crush feels the same way unless it came directly from him/her. You’re a girl who had a couple of suitors but you never believed they loved you until they took you out on that cheesy burger joint at the corner of Young and Tacky. You’re a guy who finally snagged a date with your dream girl and yet at the back of your mind you say, “She’s just being kind. I’ll know she really likes me if I get a kiss later”.

What is it about love that needs to be proven? You tell someone you love them. Plain and simple. Sometimes you don’t even want to be loved in return. You just wanna say it. Make them feel it. You get into a relationship with someone and you’ve been together for a while and yet it gets to a point that you have to prove that the love is still there. Even the geriatrics renew their vows after half a century of marriage. For what? To prove to the world that hey, we still got it!

After all that I’m still confused. Why do we have to prove that we love someone? Why do we have to prove that love exists? We’ve all been there.


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