LOVE OR OBSESSION?
by Ben Lokey
“Why am I here, with you?” asked Evelyn.
That was not a question Stanford White, world famous architect and man about town was familiar with. The fact was, no one had ever asked him that. He had to think for a long moment, had to ask it of himself, another thing he was not in the habit of doing.
“I create beautiful things. I love beautiful things. That’s why you’re here with me.”
“Because I’m beautiful?”
“Beauty fades,” said Evelyn.
“Everything fades, nothing lasts,” said Stan. “All things are temporary. Beauty, life, the seasons.”
“Yes, kittens, even love. So we must enjoy it while we have it. Love nourishes the soul. It’s the substance that gives life to my work.”
“You’re not in love with me. You’re in love with beauty. You’re obsessed with it.”
“Obsessed, seduced, what does it matter? The whole world wants to be seduced by something, someone.”
Beauty Possessed” is the true story and a well documented example of where obsessions can lead, if they are not controlled. Three different people with three different obsessions. A devil’s triangle that ends in murder and insanity. By her sixteenth birthday, in 1900, Evelyn was known by millions for her underage sexuality, sparking an entirely new industry of news and gossip and pouring fuel onto the fire that was America’s growing obsession with beauty, glamour, celebrity and sex. If you would care to read more about Beauty Possessed, look at actual pictures of Evelyn, Harry and Stanford, and read snippets, I invite you to visit my webpage at: www.benlokeyproductions.com
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preoccupation: an idea or feeling that completely occupies the mind, state of being obsessed: the state of being obsessed by somebody or something uncontrollable persistence of idea: the uncontrollable persistence of an idea or emotion in the mind, sometimes associated with psychiatric disorder, a persistent unwanted idea or impulse that cannot be eliminated by reasoning. Synonyms: mania, fascination, fixation, passion, preoccupation
Are you obsessed? What with? A person, a thing, WRITING? Is it uncontrollable? Persistent? Would you give it up if you could? Or perhaps, like Stanford White, you consider the object of your obsession to be the substance that gives life to your life. Perhaps writing about obsession is your obsession. To most, it seems that obsession is the salt in our food, the roller coaster in our ride, and the chances are good that we will continue paying for that ride, in one way or the other.
I’ll be giving away several copies of Beauty Possessed, at the end of the blog hop, to the most interesting respondents to my post. Let me know what you think about obsession and what you are obsessed with.