Posts Tagged ‘respect’

Love

Monday, January 13th, 2014

No topic in literature is more thoroughly explored than  love. We have  puppy love, sexual love, romantic love, parental It's_all_about_lovelove, the list seems endless. The first novel Don Quijote by Miguel Cervantes explored the nature of chivalry and the delusional love Don Quijote imagined he had for Dulcinea. In some way it seems appropriate that the very first major literary work about love explored the delusional nature of romantic love.

In the English language there is only one word for love but in other languages  there are sometimes as many as twenty different words to describe  different  types of love. In Spanish there is a clear  demarcation between carnal love—te quiero—and  platonic love—te amo. Of course the two can overlap.

In today’s world love is misunderstood more than ever. We have  shows on television such as The Matchmaker and The Bachelor which propose to help people  fall in love and form permanent relationships. In many  indigenous civilizations the idea of romantic love did not exist at all. Marriages were  primarily arranged  for the economic benefit of the  tribe  or the family and in many cases cross cousin marriage was almost obligatory to ensure long term alliances  among  families. (more…)

Father’s Day

Monday, June 17th, 2013
Milton Gladstone (my dad)

Milton Gladstone (my dad)

Yesterday was Father’s Day.  Who created this day? Is it just another commercially created event for the benefit of commercial enterprises or does it have an actual meaning?  On one level no doubt Father’s Day is just a response to Mother’s Day. I am certain that Mother’s Day is primarily just a time to sell flowers and gift cards.  Father’s Day seems a good day to sell barbeque equipment, sports equipment and high-definition  television sets.  Both days are great for restaurants to promote special meal deals for dad or mom.

 

Beyond the commercial focus of Father’s Day, however, meaning creeps in. (more…)