Bruno, Giordano – A general account of bonding - On the nature of love and hate
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
On Magic – Giordano Bruno
If two lyres or cithers are constructed in the same way, and if a string of only one of them is plucked, its sound is not only consonant with the string of the other, but it will generate the same motion in the other.
This, indeed, is quite understandable. It also happens that, through a certain sound or gesture or other such thing, the presence of one person affects the soul of another person, and thus an indissoluble friendship arises.
There are those we dislike without reason as soon as we see them, and also others we love without cause. This love and hate are sometimes reciprocal and sometimes not. This happens because of the domination of the one person over the other in respect to one type of feeling which in turn is blocked by another type of feeling in the other person.
Thus, we are attracted by a feeling of love for one type of dog or bird, while they may be struck by fear, and thus avoid and dislike us.