How far would you go to express your love for someone, or in Miss Wolfe's case, something? As bizarre as it may seem, a woman by the name of Amy Wolfe, a U.S. church organist who claims to have objectum sexuality, a condition that makes sufferers attracted to intimate objects, plans to marry a magic carpet fairground ride. (Sasjkia Otto)
Miss Wolfe, 33, from Pennsylvania, travels 160 miles to visit this ride and does so at least 10 times per year. She plans to change her last name to Weber, the ride's manufacturer name. (Sasjkia Otto) Ironically, her love for this ride is no different than human beings have for one another:
"I love him as much as women love their husbands and know we'll be together forever," she said.
She first fell in love with the ride at the age of 13, stating "I was instantly attracted to him sexually and mentally."
It's interesting to note that she views this ride as a "male", just as a male would refer to his boat as a "female", for example. One might assume there is something mentally wrong with Miss Wolfe, but there clearly isn't. In fact, she goes on to say "I wasn't freaked out, as it just felt so natural, but I didn't tell anyone because I knew it wasn't 'normal' to have feelings for a fairgroundride." Just when we thought it was difficult to be different in a society so judgmental about everything beyond the stereotypical "norm", one could only imagine how Miss Wolfe has felt about concealing her love for this particular ride.
Although she faces discrimination from employers, most of her family and friends have been supportive. She concludes by defending herself and rightfully so: "I'm not hurting anyone and I can't help it. It's a part of who I am." (Sasjkia Otto)
We may not share her intimacy with objects, but at the very least, objects deserve to be respected like any other living thing. Think of a car; it's always driven, but without nurturing it with gas, oil changes, and periodic tune-ups, the car becomes a mishandled and physically abused object. Metaphorically speaking, the car will not give any love in return if it is not shown love. In Buddhism, objects are no different than human beings and other living organisms. Indeed, as strange as it can be, love has no boundaries.
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