Thought Archive

Friday, November 09, 2007

Romantic Love

How pathetic.
In an article presented by Henry Gruenbaum, one argument is that many "therapists mistakenly believe that romantic love is a phenomenon unique to Western cultures and first expressed by the troubadours of the Middle Ages" (Fisher, 1995). He continues stating also that "a recent survey of the
anthropological literature by Jankowiak and Fisher (1992) found evidence of romantic love in every culture for which there were adequate data. For instance, an 80-year old Taita man recalled his fourth wife with words that could come from a Valentine card: 'She was the wife of my heart.'"
And to think of that... Somebody - I suspect a prudish Victorian - conceived an idea that Love is unique to the West; and this idea needed some research to be disproved. It well may be that tortures of multiculturalism are a punishment for self-adulating ways of the past.

I was under impression - fed by my love of Oriental literature and Persian poetry - that Love is so unique yo Humanity, that it cannot be Western, Eastern of Central phenomenon. Love - a feeling of - unites all of us. But hey - lets drag it into our little respective corners and divide the catch.

2 comments:

NoolaBeulah said...

There are a lot of idiots out there, Hazar. You know that. I liked your line "tortures of multiculturalism are a punishment for self-adulating ways of the past". You remember the post of mine that you commented on about the university program according to which only whites could be racist. It's the same sort of idiocy dressed up in different rags.

Riri said...

Some of the things out there! Honestly, one doesn't know whether one should laugh or cry! All those people looking for love, 'ppon my word chaps! they should simply equip themselves with a compass!