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Jean Custodio
Communications 2
3/15/12
6:00 pm.
Buscaglia, Leo F. Living, Loving, and Learning. New York: Random House, 1982.

It is an amazing gift to be alive, but many people don't see it that way. Most people actually live their lives without really living. They put their lives in other people's hands. They are afraid to really live, and without really living, they don't experience. Without experience, they don't learn and grow. When we really live, we have so much love to give to others. With all that love, we experience what it means to fully live. To be a loving individual is an incredible experience, and the time to start the journey to having a beautiful, fulfilling life would be right now.

This book holds a collection of Dr. Leo F. Buscaglia's humorous, yet heartfelt lectures from his Love 1A class at the University of Southern California. He starts off his first lecture by talking about teaching. He explains that he doesn't teach the class. Educators guide. They don't teach. So, along with his students, he learns in it. Everyone learns from each other. The only way a person will learn is if they want to learn. Then, he goes on by quoting Silberman: “Schools are joyless and mindless places that are strangling children and destroying creativity and joy” (p. 9). For the rest of the book, he touches many topics including: love, life, and death. He shares that, to him, the best definition for “love” is the process of one person leading another person back to themselves. To truly love, you first have to learn how to love yourself. Then, you learn how to love without expecting to get it back. You just love, because you do. In life, you should always live for the present, because the past is past, and the future may never come. You need to learn to forgive yourself for your past mistakes, and forgive others for their mistakes, too. You are the one who has to take responsibility for choosing and defining your own life, so you shouldn't...
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