Love: A Metaphysical Conversation.
Love; what is it? It is a many splendored thing and it is in the air. Or, so we are told. It is a chemical concoction in our brains, also known as an emotion. Is it a mystery to unravel or something that we will only know once we feel it? Is it something we fall into, like a hole or a box?
It is an age-old question. One that poets and songwriters have been asking for aeons. Many scientists have been trying to unravel the mysteries of this powerful emotion that motivated Jim Steinman to write “I’d do anything for love, but I won’t do that.”
What is metaphysics
As far as philosophy goes, metaphysics is one of the main branches. It is the study of the nature of being. So, this will be a discussion about the nature of the existence of love. (I often say that Stereo-Typed is a philosophical show because it is the Epistemology of Alternative Sexuality or the study of knowledge about Alt-Sex).
An early cynic
When I was in high school, I was sent on an errand to get something from the head of the English Department. As I walked into his class, who was studying Romeo and Juliet, he asked me, “What is love?”
I wasn’t prepared to answer, but standing there, at the front of his class, I told him “Love is an ideal. It is a goal that we are told we will attain, but few of us ever do. Or, we won’t ever feel what Romeo and Juliet felt for one another. We will spend our lives trying to attain this perfection that doesn’t exist outside of the minds of the great bards and we will lose out on the moments of happiness and connection within our reach because we are aiming for something higher. Or, out of frustration and impatience, we will settle for something else and call it love.”
But, what is love? Is it biological? Is it merely a chemical formula manufactured in our brains? Or, is it a social construct? Does it only exist because we say it does and have assigned it a value?
We need to talk
As I have said before, I want to have the conversations that we need to have. Is this one of those? I think it is. To quote Carrie Jenkins in the introduction to her philosophical work on romantic love; What Love Is And What It Could Be:
“I could call this book an exercise in critical thinking out loud, but it’s important to explain why I’m doing it out loud. Why does it matter if you read it? Because we need a conversation, not a monologue, This conversation we need to have, about the nature of romantic love, is one of the most significant and urgent cultural projects of our shared moment in time. So much so that I am tempted to think of this book as “self-help” for a culture (rather than individuals). When we, as a society, can come to a better understanding of what love is, we will be better able to take control of how love treats us in the future.”
On Wednesday, March 8th, Carrie Jenkins will be joining me. We will be talking about love. Romantic love. What it is, and more importantly what love could be. We are at a time in our collective history when the preconceived and accepted parameters of love are being questioned and society’s group-think is changing. Our society is starting to think outside of that hetero-normative monogamous box. We are just beginning to explore the possibilities that exist outside of the recognised constraints of one man/one woman.
Join us live or stream the archive afterwards
On Wednesday, March 8th, Carrie and I will get all philosophical about the nature of romantic love. Carrie has started the dialogue, let’s continue it.
- Carrie’s website
- Carrie on Wikipedia
- The Metaphysics of Love Project
- Follow Carrie on Twitter
- What Love Is and what it could be – the book
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