Random Musing

February 23, 2013 § 2 Comments

A friend recently shared an article from The Atlantic entitled “There’s no such thing as everlasting love (according to science).” Personally, I think it’s a matter of semantics. Nevertheless, I’m posting it here because one particular passage called to mind Mr. Emerson and his approach to people.

Barbara Fredrickson believes that love is

[…] “a micro-moment of positivity resonance.” She means that love is a connection, characterized by a flood of positive emotions, which you share with another person—any other person—whom you happen to connect with in the course of your day. You can experience these micro-moments with your romantic partner, child, or close friend. But you can also fall in love, however momentarily, with less likely candidates, like a stranger on the street, a colleague at work, or an attendant at a grocery store.

Compare that to George’s reflection on his father, who has unintentionally driven away the Reverend Mr. Eager’s Santa Croce tour group:

‘My father has that effect on nearly everyone,’ he informed her. ‘He will try to be kind.’

‘I hope we all try,’ said she, smiling nervously.

‘Because we think it improves our characters. But he is kind to people because he loves them; and they find him out, and are offended, or frightened.’

That is all.

Next post will be back to process.

§ 2 Responses to Random Musing

  • Lorraine says:

    I’ve always felt sad when people pushed away Mr. Emerson, when all he did was openly express his sincere love for all men, and encouraged others to do the same. A true transcendentalist, his behavior/views were deemed inappropriate by ‘decent’ society at the time (and even now by many) and thus his overtures were, of course, unwelcome by most.
    I don’t think Mr. Emerson (a true romantic) would agree that, “There’s no such thing as everlasting love (according to science)”, although he would most likely embrace the idea of micro-moments with total strangers.

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