I don't update this nearly as much as I'd like to or probably should. I suppose I just haven't had time to think, chat or whatever it is.
Enlight of my recent relationship development, I've been thinking a lot about love. Not necessarily with Jimmy (boyfriend) but just in general. I don't think I'm in love with him at all. I don't even know how long we will last... but this whole I idea I think it might also be because I am currently reading
It's a pretty good book so far. A fast read, I'm sure I'll finish it tomorrow after I work on the rest of the chapter I have to read for my spring course. Anyway, in the book, the author, Chuck Klosterman in the first chapter speaks of love. He says that we created an ideal of what we think love should be, because no one really knows. As a society, we hear songs on the radio, see things in the movies, on TV we read in books what love is SUPPOSED to feel like and how we should feel when we're in "it." But what is love? Everyone has a different defintion of what love is and what types of love there are. People debate on a daily basis (I'm sure) on whether they are in love, or whether or not it is capable to love again with such a devestating story after losing someone we have told ourselves we love.
I guess you just have to read the chapter to fully understand. I know after I read it I was like no no no, that's bullshit. Thinking about it not long after, I realize that it's totally true. I think that if there was a set definitive explanation of to what love is and how people are supposed to feel, people wouldn't write about love in songs or expect us to know what it's supposed to be like from movies. I think though, besides the fake love that they show us on the screen and in songs, people seem to forget that it's pretend. Yes, someone might have composed those words with a personal experience of their own, but those people who are on stage (maybe not always) but definitely on screen are characters, they're pretend figments of someone's creative imagination. From this, the writers unconciously or maybe consciously realize that they are doing this. That people are supposed to feel how their song tells them to feel.
I think it's important to note that this is sort of a post modernism view point on the situation. How do we know love is a reality and we're just living in it, or vice versa. The post modernism viewpoint on things is pretty fucked up if you ask me, but it does raise good points, especially when it comes to emotions and things of that nature. If reading this, and you're like postmodernism, what is that? It's a sociology theory that most of the professors that I've had will not teach because it's so screwed up, if you want to learn more about you can go here. Some people don't credit wikipedia as being a credible source, but it'll explain it and it provides links to other sources that may be able to better explain.
This question sort of is being brought up because I remembered a comment/question one of my professors (who I have had for two semester and will have again in the fall) had mentioned, how do we know what it is we know? I wish I would have remembered Chuck Klosterman's chapter and I could have brought up a great point, but I'll save that for when I take sociological theory in the winter. Hopefully, I'll have a sweet professor (possibly Meehan) who would be like that is an excellent use of the theory of postmodernism. YEAHH
Leave your thoughts... please :)