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Friday, February 14, 2014

Sherlock, Francis, Umberto Eco, David Cassidy, and Dresden ...

on love for Valentine's Day ...


- Sherlock gives a speech at John Watson's wedding reception

More from the church on the idea (which I find bizarre) that love is not an emotion: the pope says ... Marriage must be built on the rock of love not the shifting sands of emotions ... What?! He goes on to say ... “But what do we mean by ‘love’? A mere emotion, a psycho-physical state? Certainly, if it is just this, it cannot provide the foundation for building something solid.

And at Thinking Faith, here's a longer discussion about love, which actually made my head hurt - ‘As Barbara Cartland says…’. Umberto Eco gets mentioned ...

Umberto Eco questions whether a declaration of love can carry such weight. He takes as his focus a man who loves a very cultivated woman, and knows that he cannot say ‘I love you madly’ because he knows that she knows that these words have already been written by Barbara Cartland. Are we to conclude that declarations of love are impossible? Or at least, that they are impossible between those who are suitably cultivated? Eco denies that this is so, claiming that there is a solution to this (postmodern) predicament: the man can say ‘As Barbara Cartland would put it, I love you madly’. At this point, Eco continues, ‘having avoided false innocence, having said clearly that it is no longer possible to speak innocently, he will have said what he wanted to say to the woman: that he loves her in an age of lost innocence. If the woman goes along with this, she will have received a declaration of love all the same’.

That reminded me of the scene from Four Weddings and a Funeral in Hugh Grant's character says "In the words of David Cassidy, while he was still with the Partridge Family, I think I love you." ...



Finally, something from The Dresden Files ...

“You can have everything in the world, but if you don't have love, none of it means crap," he said promptly. "Love is patient. Love is kind. Love always forgives, trusts, supports, and endures. Love never fails. When every star in the heavens grows cold, and when silence lies once more on the face of the deep, three things will endure: faith, hope, and love."

"And the greatest of these is love," I finished. "That's from the Bible."

"First Corinthians, chapter thirteen," Thomas confirmed. "I paraphrased."

2 Comments:

Anonymous Richard said...

Happy Valentines Day Crystal

11:03 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Same to you :)

11:14 PM  

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