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"Alpha and Omega", by Erik Pevernagie, 50 × 66 cm, oil on paper

Love is considered as the basic reason for living. It is seen as the "Alpha and Omega" of our existence.

Love may be the linchpin of being, but it is only sand in a hand palm. The more one squeezes, the more one loses. Love is a promising 'possibility', not an ultimate warranty. It is merely a 'contingent' phenomenon. Starting with the cuddle hormone, the neurotransmitter oxycotin brings about affection, good feeling, sunniness, attachment, passion.

Still "Time" can be pitiless. Time is able to convert the flame of love into a mood of restraint. A paradise of adulation can become a setting of animosity and ecstasy can change into indifference. Mutual complicity can become a balance of power and heaven can turn into hell. Eventually only a best friend remains: "Me, myself and I".

Billie Holiday has expressed that feeling and Beyoncé reiterated it. "I'm gonna be my own best friend. Me myself and I. That's all I got in the end. Love is so blind. It feels right when it's wrong. I know that I will never disappoint myself."

" J. D. Salinger", the author of "The Catcher in the Rye", was afraid of being entangled in that kind of morose situations and he preferred relationships, which are less engaging on an emotional level. He grumbled:"I'm sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect."

Phenomenon: quality of love

Factual starting point of the picture: girl in expectation

"L'amour peut être la clé de voûte de l'être, mais il n'est que du sable dans une paume de la main. Il est une «possibilité» , pas une assurance. Plus on serre, moins on obtient. L'amour est un phénomène "contingent"."