Friday, April 28, 2006

Love: A Dangerous Thing in the Past


In a world of random "hook-ups", frequent cohabitation, and a general decline of respect for love and relationships, the ideas of courtship enjoyed by our ancestors seems very foreign. I have come to realize that love and the expression of it also at one time had very serious and potentially dangerous conseqences. I propose that this was for the best and we should return to this noble way of interacting with the opposite sex.

I have come to these thoughts through my reading of the greats of literature. Recently I have turned to Hermann Hesse and his novel "Gertrude." The protagonist of the tale, Kuhn, expresses his love for the fair Gertrude which in the end she is not willing to accept and instead falls for the abusive and brooding Heinrich Mouth (good girls always fall for bad boys). When Gertrude tells Kuhn of this she ends by saying, "Please forgive me and don't do anything to him."

"Don't do anything to him." This is an interesting request. Gertrude obviously expects that Kuhn will demand satisfaction from Mouth, or at least have strong words with him that may lead to violence. How wonderful! In a way this reminds me of Young Werther asking for a brace of pistols.

If only we could return to a time like this, not because of the violence but because of the honor. Love is serious business and our actions should point to this reality.

4 Comments:

Blogger REENEE said...

I whole heartedly agree with the request to return to respect, honor, dignity and chivalry.

And, so far as the "good girls always fall for the bad boys".....it may be more accurate to say that the "good girls have fun with the bad boys, but goes home with the good boys."

Thursday, May 11, 2006 7:20:00 PM  
Blogger REENEE said...

I whole heartedly agree with the request to return to respect, honor, dignity and chivalry.

And, so far as the "good girls always fall for the bad boys".....it may be more accurate to say that the "good girls have fun with the bad boys, but goes home with the good boys."

Thursday, May 11, 2006 7:21:00 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Except that the girls don't like to go home until the good boys are in there 50's.

Friday, May 12, 2006 1:34:00 PM  
Blogger Scheherazade said...

Um, I kinda like the guns too. Especially 9mm Rugers (Dad's NRA and a Texan--me too). We'll shoot for love, honour, or free beer.

Thanks again for the thoughtful response "guy on a blog." I don't take it all too seriously, but taking it lightly is still kinda nice.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 10:46:00 PM  

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