Here is a cut and paste of a Hypnothoughts post from 2001 that the Powers that Be would NEVER allow on their main FB page because they would consider it to be "spam." I've already been told more than once to knock it off when i tried to put up something like this over there. But there has to be a place for posts such as this -- and there are a lot more like this one over here!
It wasn't always this beautiful! Professor Irving Singer, in a free online MIT course entitled, Philosophy of Love in the Western world, states that romantic love as we know it today was practically unheard of in Western culture until it became popularized by wandering French troubadors eight hundred years ago, and further amplified by the invention of the printing press, which publicized the great works of romantic literature such as Shakespeare's Romeo and Julietand Antony and Cleopatra ("Hark! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the East, and Juliet is the Sun!" or,"Shall I abide in this dull world which , in thy absence,is no better than a stye?*).
Will today's teen-agers and young adults learn sexual behavior by watching porn, in much the same manner that people of earlier generations learned how to kiss by watching motion pictures? If the past is any guide, it wo Tuld not be unreasonable to expect that the almost unlimited access to free Internet pornography in the Twenty-First Century will enable imitation and the power of suggestion to modify the way couples both engage in and experiencesexual behavior, in much the same way that the invention of the printing press centuries before influenced the manner in which people engage in and experience romantic love.This time, however, the changes will depend not upon the imagination of a few gifted writers and balladeers, but upon the pooled experience of the entire human race.
If we are indeed in the midst of such a profound cultural change, and if one picture is worth a thousand words, then to quote from the movie, All About Eve, "Hold on to your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night!"
Having grown up in a culture which accepts the reality of romantic love, I believe that the emerging sub-culture of sexting and internet pornography has its priorities reversed. Magazines are full of pictures of women who could technically be described as beautiful. But beauty is "only skin deep," as my mother used to say. You do not love a woman becuse she is beautiful. A woman is beautiful because she is loved! When a woman is trulyloved, physical beauty becomes irrelevant.-- and of course, similar sentiments can be expressed for men and for same-sex couples as well.
updated by @don-g: 05/09/19 11:19:36AM
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