Next Meeting: Love: A raison d'être or a spectacular delusion?

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  • Maria

    Hey everyone,

    Thank you for another delightful evening. I really appreciate the keen insights and unique perspectives each of you bring to the table. And the fact that you can maintain eye contact with the group while a little cutie is clanking her castanets right behind you totally bumps up the respectability factor. All I can say is, you are the real thing. Next meet-up is scheduled for January 26. Will develop a theme and research a venue that is not too far for our “outlier” members. Should have a topic and location by next week, but suggestions are always welcome. Please use this page if you would like to continue our discussion on love. I highly recommend readings provided by Jay in his December 6 post, as well as Craig’s diagram illustrating the variables and hierarchies of love. Good stuff. Have a safe and spectacular New Year. I’ll see you all in 2013.

    December 30, 2012

  • JJR

    Sorry to miss you, but I am out of town. See you when I get back!

    December 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, All.
    Highly recommend is philosopher Simon May's take on the timeless subject of the next meet-up. Interesting stuff, I promise. Here's very useful links:
    1) May in his own words:­

    2) May on the popular podcast, "Philosophy Bites":­

    And there's a bunch on reviews a quick Google search will turn up.
    The Guardian:­

    December 6, 2012

    • Maria


      Thank you for the perfectly appropriate links. That Simon, my kinda guy. Excerpt from “Rethinking Our Fascination with Love”:

      “The reality, I argue, is that love is a thoroughly conditional desire – a desire for one whom we experience as indestructibly grounding our life, as a harbinger of ‘home’; so that to see it as the opposite – as entirely unconditional – is to infuse our relationships with false expectations and so to sabotage them from the start.” I have to agree: Love—as well—is the opium of the people. Your thoughts, group?

      December 7, 2012

  • Craig Y.

    I saw the movie Anna Karenina. It seems very applicable to our topic for discussion. Three different characters treating love somewhat differently. I guess revisiting Tostoy means differently for me.

    December 2, 2012

    • Maria

      Yes, the themes of Anna Karenina would indeed be relevant to our discussion. Hypocrisy, adultery, jealousy, pain, suffering—modern love in a nutshell, I’d say.

      December 2, 2012

  • Maria

    Hey everyone. Thanks for another thought-provoking conversation. I know the discussion was cut short due to the unexpected entertainment but, dang, how often do you get to see a real-life belly dancer? We’ll try Nora’s again, though earlier next time. Let’s continue chatting online by sharing our thoughts on last meeting’s focus: What particular philosophy strikes a chord with you and why?

    November 28, 2012

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