Episode #76 – What Is This Thing Called Luuurve?

What is Love?

While Steveocrates and Paulato are on special assignment, Alberotle in solipsistic fashion contemplates the nature of love (or “luff”) on a leap day and shares an intriguingly odd theory of love set forth by Aristophanes, the Greek comic playwright, in Plato’s well-known philosophical work the Symposium.  There seems to be a bit of biting truth to this strange myth of the missing half as it explains why people who are in search of love experience a lack or absence of something while those who are already in love feel complete or whole.  Woody Allen couldn’t have expressed it more succinctly in his film Love and Death, “to love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But, then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer, not to love is to suffer, to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love, to be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy, therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness — I hope you’re getting this down.”  Enjoy the show!

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Credits:

The photo used for this episode can be found here.

Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo”

“Buzzy Minuet” by Chad Crouch
From the Free Music Archive
Attribution CC BY

“The Gray Forest – I Welcome” by Aitua
From the Free Music Archive
Attribution CC BY

“Invariance” by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

“Longing and Concern” by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100511

Music: “Coral” by Chad Crouch
From the Free Music Archive
Attribution CC BY

YouTube Videos:

1.  Clip from Woody Allen’s Annie Hall
2.  Clip from Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire

Book:

Plato. “Symposium.” The Philosophy of (Erotic) Love, edited by Robert Solomon and Kathleen Higgins. University Press of Kansas, 1991, pp. 17-21.

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