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'Let's be friends with benefits' photo (c) 2011, Sarah K - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

C.S. Lewis said it well when he said that “love is pain.” This is so because love involves risk–the risk of putting one’s heart out there… only to have it stomped on.

Again and again throughout life.

The temptation here is to–like Montresor in Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado–wall one’s heart off, thereby insulating it from risk.

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