By İlham Dilman (auth.)
The publication is anxious with questions on love: questions on its many varieties, strands and points, and the relation within which they stand to one another. it's curious about the way in which various elements of sexual love clash with one another, with the way in which self-regard and self-interest can corrupt love, and with religious love and its problems. It seeks the perspectives of a few writers who've urged a few detailed ideas to the existential difficulties that love poses within the face of its hindrances: Plato, Proust, Sartre, Freud, D.H. Lawrence, Erich Fromm, C.S. Lewis, Kierkegaard, Simone Weil and Kahlil Gibran.
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Similarly with a painting he comes across in a museum. He stops in front of it and admires it for hours. Even if at some later date he 28 Love: Its Forms, Dimensions and Paradoxes returns to it, he moves on, looks at other paintings and derives much enjoyment in contemplating them. If he did not move on, if as an artist he painted the same object again and again, never painting anything else, people might describe him as 'obsessed'. But it may well be that what he finds in this object or natural scene is inexhaustible.
It is what I would call a deterioration of the person a deterioration that comes from the starvation of isolation and withdrawal. In this respect one can say that love and hate are the opposite of each other; but they are not opposites in the sense that black and white are opposites - opposite colours, opposite emotions. 4 Love and Hate: Goodness and Evil I want to finish this chapter by linking love and hate with goodness and evil. I shall be brief and only indicate the link. 22 Love: Its Forms, Dimensions and Paradoxes We are familiar with goodness as a virtue; we know what it means to speak of the goodness of a person.
If I spend time with him and the give and take between us increases we may become friends. Friendship is a bond which involves loyalty and trust. I like him because he is the kind of person I enjoy spending some time with - talking, joking, doing together something we both enjoy. We may have common hobbies or common interests. Enjoying someone's company is one of the innocent pleasures of life. When one simply likes someone one is detached from him or her, which doesn't mean that one is indifferent.