Alain de Botton on Love, Vulnerability, and the Psychological Paradox of the Sulk – Brain Pickings

“If we are not regularly deeply embarrassed by who we are, the journey to self-knowledge hasn’t begun.”

Alain de Botton on Love, Vulnerability, and the Psychological Paradox of the Sulk

“Nothing awakens us to the reality of life so much as a true love,” Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother“Why is love rich beyond all other possible human experiences and a sweet burden to those seized in its grasp?” philosopher Martin Heidegger asked in his electrifying love letters to Hannah Arendt“Because we become what we love and yet remain ourselves.” Still, nearly every anguishing aspect of love arises from the inescapable tension between this longing for transformative awakening and the sleepwalking selfhood of our habitual patterns. True as it may be that frustration is a prerequisite for satisfaction in romance, how are we to reconcile the sundering frustration of these polar pulls?

https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/06/27/alain-de-botton-the-course-of-love/

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