At the risk of sounding obsessed with the theme of
love - in a sense it is an obsession for me, there is
love in "philosophy" - I am coming back to the problem
of love in the age of technology.
The motivation this time is to be found in the link
below. But I want to start first by recalling some of
what Sartre had to say about love, and technology. A
striking line of Sartre about love comes again from
"What is literature" - one of his best books, in my
opinion. Loosly quoting, the line goes: "What
interests me most in a relationship with a woman is
the enterprise of seduction, not the sex." (A French,
always a French...)
And some of the most interesting things about
technology are to be found in the Critique. technology
is what Sartre calls the "serialisation of the group"
- i.e., the group is not a group, and the individual
is not an individual. The serialized group doesnt have
solidarity binding, but this looseness of the group
doesnt go to profit the individual, for this latter
doesnt have individual uniqueness. Among the many
examples cited in the Critique, the one that comes to
mind is that of Sartre himself, looking down the
window of his Paris apartment, on a group of people
waiting in line at a taxi station, each-one waiting
for a taxi to be available. It is a group of people,
but a group that, although formed for one same
purpose, is not bound by a common interest; each
individual is an individual, and yet each-one is
interchangeable with the other. In more than one
aspect the critique (NOT criticism) of technology is
here of Heideggerian inspiration, and as such, just as
Heidegger's, is not to be misunderstood as a position
And this brings me to what motivated me for this post.
The link below:
Lust tops love when it comes to sex
After I read that article, I could only come to two
possible conclusions: 1- Either the researchers are
wrong, and this is reason for worry, for us to have
such a statistical, compilational, survey-like,
basically uniformizing view of love, or; 2 - the
researchers are right, and our technological advances
have achieved already such uniformization of love,
that both men and women have sex for the same reasons,
supposing that it is also reason that governs love.
There where our old Grandpa Freud confessed his
cluelessness as to the profound life and tekne of a
woman, as to her "psychical mechanisms", our modern
researchers, of a democratic and certainly feministic
age, have all figured out both about women and men.
And what they have figured out is that both sexes are
pretty much the same. Egalité, Fraternité, I dont know
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