We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Passion, lust, desire, romantic enchantment are obviously the most powerful human human qualities. Forms of natural intoxication, the older folks say. To paraphrase the apocryphal Washington quote, they can be a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Also, a source of joy and deep contentment.
The classical scholar Bruce Thornton concludes that the ancient Greeks had an “overwhelmingly dark view of sexuality,” adding that “our own Romantic-inspired idealizations of sexuality as a force of personal liberation and self-fulfillment would strike most Greeks as a dangerous folly and delusion.” We can see an instance of their fears in the well-known story of Helen, a daughter of Aphrodite, in which the city of Troy was laid waste as the consequence of illicit sexual passion. Very sensibly, the pre-Christian Greeks believed that sex needed to be controlled in various social institutions. Rejecting such wisdom, we moderns “continue to cling to shopworn Romanticism that idealizes sexual passion and justifies abandoning the time-honored social controls -- marriage and chastity, guilt and shame -- that once helped to prevent sexual excesses from destroying American society,” in Thornton’s verdict.
It's been very long since I was 15 and had my first big crush. A few more after that and somewhere along the line I fell in love. Very long ago but I cannot imagine life without that and without the memories of that. Certainly life would be boring and so much would be lost without romance and love. But, it doesn't really matter what I think or what anyone thinks because it is in our DNA and good or bad. like it or not love and romance will remain part of human life.