Love Across the Possible Worlds

While true love is the subject of many tales, the metaphysical question of its foundation is rarely addressed. One interesting way to explore this question is to bring in another popular subject of
While true love is the subject of many tales, the metaphysical question of its foundation is rarely addressed. One interesting way to explore this question is to bring in another popular subject of [More]

Voltaire’s love letters

Voltaire had numerous passionate affairs, and engaged in an enormous amount of private correspondence with his lovers, much of which has been kept for posterity. Providing a fascinating insight into
Voltaire had numerous passionate affairs, and engaged in an enormous amount of private correspondence with his lovers, much of which has been kept for posterity. Providing a fascinating insight into [More]

A crisis of commitment

A reasonable line of thought can give rise to a crisis of commitment: Many a commitment requires persistence or willpower, especially in the face of temptation. A straightforward example is the
A reasonable line of thought can give rise to a crisis of commitment: Many a commitment requires persistence or willpower, especially in the face of temptation. A straightforward example is the [More]

On romantic love

Is love a choice? Philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists think it’s an involuntary phenomenon. Clancy Martin thinks they’re wrong…
Is love a choice? Philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists think it’s an involuntary phenomenon. Clancy Martin thinks they’re wrong… [More]

History of love songs

“Love shook my senses, / Like wind crashing on the mountain oaks.” Taylor Swift? No, Sappho. The love song is a timeless form…
“Love shook my senses, / Like wind crashing on the mountain oaks.” Taylor Swift? No, Sappho. The love song is a timeless form… [More]

Seize the New Year

I know themes of “self-actualization” and “authenticity” have turned into pop-psychological nonsense in recent days but the nonsense is a bastardization of ideas that are not only sensical but essential, I think, for human thriving. In this passage, Frankfurt briefly unpacks Baruch Spinoza’s idea of love and joy as a catalyst for determining how we ought to orient our lives. [More]

Love, factionally

People ask Carl Wilson: Isn’t life too short to waste time thinking about artists you dislike, such as Celine Dion? The way he sees it, life is too short not to…
People ask Carl Wilson: Isn’t life too short to waste time thinking about artists you dislike, such as Celine Dion? The way he sees it, life is too short not to… [More]

The Daily Owl 9-25-2013

A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation. (Russell)
A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation. (Russell) [More]

The Daily Owl 8-27-2013

There are two games men find irresistible which, though they be the cause of poverty, ulcers, and baldness, primarily involve the highly improbable objective of getting one thing inside of another. The first is golf and the second is marriage.
There are two games men find irresistible which, though they be the cause of poverty, ulcers, and baldness, primarily involve the highly improbable objective of getting one thing inside of another. The first is golf and the second is marriage. [More]

Movie Notes: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

This film evoked in me what Sam Keen calls a “fire in the belly”—that emotion that is characterized by a longing to be more than we are—or perhaps its more accurate to say to be the best of who we are.
This film evoked in me what Sam Keen calls a “fire in the belly”—that emotion that is characterized by a longing to be more than we are—or perhaps its more accurate to say to be the best of who we are. [More]