Monday, July 18, 2005

First Meeting!!

We met yesterday (7/21) and agreed that the first meeting should be on September 1 in James. Lacey suggested that we choose a topic close to the one for the Forum, Marriage in the 21st Century. It would help get everyone started.

Anyone got ideas for a more specific topic to start things off?


Blogger LD said...

woah. this is strange. For one- that's L-A-C-E-Y. get it right or pay the price.


we can talk about marriage/relationships in pop culture and how they compare/contrast with daily American life as a college student.

10:34 PM  
Blogger CSC said...

Lacey... got it. Sorry. Changed it above. Hopefully I can avoid paying price because that just sounds terrifying.

‘Relationships in pop culture’ is good but vague. And, perhaps because I’m so out of touch with pop culture, I haven’t a good idea of how to make it more specific. Any idea of an example or something specific that might prod people? Anything particular about college life that could be used to make it more specific?

8:28 AM  
Blogger LD said...

oh shoot. I don't know. When I mentioned pop culture, I was thinking of the Jessica Simpson show on MTV about her relationship with her husband, but I haven't even seen a full episode of that so I wouldn't be able to discuss. If we did want to talk about pop culture and relationships, we could use Friends as a reference. Surely everyone has seen atleast a season's worth of episodes, lord knows I have...

What is a romantic relationship? The whole idea of two people becoming one in a romantic relationship is truly odd (Wuthering Heights is a great novel-- what makes Catherine and Heathcliff's relationship so much fun? Is it the tragedy? Do you have to have the tragedy?). Aside from being joined at the hip (teeheehee) in what way could two people ever become one person? The chapter in Friedman's book about Romantic love is kinda interesting and her proposal of a "merger of identities" makes romantic love more realistic, taking away the Catherine/Heathcliff element of oneness.

3:21 PM  
Blogger LD said...

is procreation immoral?

7:56 AM  
Blogger CSC said...

Notions of love sounds interesting. I don’t know who Jessica Simpson is but that shouldn’t stop us. I have seen Friends, but just the early years. We just need to formulate some clear positions on the issue (I expect most people haven’t the foggiest idea what love is). Oneness is one idea. Merger of identities is another. We could ask about jealousy. That is, is jealousy a necessary part of love, something we shouldn’t eliminate, or is jealousy an immature emotion we should try to get past? And, yes, procreation should be integrated in there. Is the purpose of love to procreate? Could you love someone romantically and not want to have children with him or her? All good questions. . . Sound good to others? Is there something else we should add?

11:22 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

One. I am baffled that you don't know who Jessica Simpson is. Even those of us who try not to know still know.

Two. I love the topic of procreation. (I mean, I don't love the topic as in every day conversation, but for the PDG I like it.)

Three. That is all. Talk to you guys in August.

9:04 PM  
Blogger CSC said...

Lisa Simpson I've got. O.J. Simpson, no problem. Jessica Simpson doesn't mean anything.

8:19 AM  
Blogger LD said...

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8:51 AM  
Blogger LD said...

Issue #2 of Action Philosophers! describes Ayn Rand's idea of romantic love: "the reasoned recognition of equivalent value in another person"

8:53 AM  
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