Relating, Relationships & Relativity

There are some peo­ple who, many times, say things we our­selves would have said. Their thoughts seem to mir­ror ours so often that it is aston­ish­ing. We relate to them, their ideas, their feel­ings.

This does not hap­pen often with whom we call rel­a­tives. Blood may be thick­er than water, but noth­ing quench­es thirst as well as water. The thirst for a con­nec­tion, a mutu­al­i­ty, a bond. When a thirst is ful­filled, a rela­tion­ship is born.

Rela­tion­ships are at angles. One’s line of approach towards a rela­tion­ship usu­al­ly lies at an angle to the other’s think­ing. The acu­ity or obtuse­ness leads to com­plex­i­ty; orthog­o­nal­i­ty, though at right angles, usu­al­ly doesn’t feel right. Some­times, rela­tion­ships that are par­al­lel seem the most inti­mate­ly con­nect­ed, though par­al­lel lines nev­er meet.

Fur­ther, one’s per­cep­tion of angles in a rela­tion­ship also dif­fers from the other’s. One may idol­ize a par­al­lel, much to the con­ster­na­tion of the oth­er who per­ceives orthog­o­nal­i­ty. After few meet­ings, one may think of anoth­er as some­one one knows for many life­times, while being just a new­com­er to the oth­er. The frames of ref­er­ence are very dif­fer­ent, the pas­sage of time unequal. In this way, rela­tion­ships are rel­a­tive.

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