Saturday, October 29, 2011

We cannot have it all

The wise Theodore Dalrymple on love and marriage:

At the root of the problem is our belief in the perfectibility of life, that it is possible in principle for all desiderata to be satisfied without remainder, and that anything less than perfection, including in relationships, not only is, but ought to be, rejected by us. We cannot accept that we might at some point have to forego the delirium of passion for the consolation of companionship, that Romeo and Juliet is fine as catharsis but not very realistic as a guide to married life at the age of 56. We cannot have it all.


Blogger Anagnostis said...

It's generally forgotten (or ignored) today, that Romeo & Juliet was originally collected among the Comedies. Seems very strange, doesn't it? We've come to view it through the lens of our post-Romantic sensibility, filtering out most of what it has to say to us about the destructiveness of adolescent passion and the pathetic folly of those who ought to know better (Friar Laurence - archetype of liberal sentimentalist clerics) conniving at instead of educating it.

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