" was the subject of a Socratic Conversation on Valentine's Day, in which a couple of dozen discussants looked at the topic from as many different angles: romantic love, of course, but also love of country, love of family, love of God, love of humanity, and...yes, love of learning!
One participant, noting the violence sometimes provoked by love, pointed out that Cupid's arrows would have been fearsome deadly weapons at the time when that personification was created: "So if a poet re-invented Cupid for our era, he'd be toting an AK 47!"
The books cited in the discussion ranged from classics like Eric Fromm's The Art of Loving
, to the just published How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become,
by Barbra Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UNC Chapel Hill.
The diverse perspectives characteristic of this group yielded some telling connections between cultures, such as the Chakras compared to the Thalamus.
Summing up the session, convenor Ron Gross suggested that participants might want to follow up by participating in a free on-line course
on New Ways of Loving
offered by James Park out of the University of Minnesota (firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to join us for our next Socratic Conversation on Thursday, March 28th. Topic TBA