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TRAIN OF THOUGHT

The idea behind KeenThoughts:

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Our goal here, as secular humanists, is clear: we want to raise awareness and highlight issues that concern and regard both Western and Arabian cultures using analytical research, experiences, and most viciously and significantly, an open mind. Further, we try to grapple with the perplexing relationships that we have with both ourselves and with the other sophisticated creatures, human beings.

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OUR PICK
OF THE MONTH

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The happily-ever-after conclusion, promulgated by contemporary books and movies, elicited much skepticism, and indeed ultimately legitimate criticism, by a few yet thoughtful minority. Amongst those is Alain De Botton, whose novel On Love beautifully and lyrically deconstructs romanticism as a philosophy and how it came to permeate—and hence adulterate and distort—many of our romantic experiences, as illustrated by the passionate and intense narrator’s infatuation with Chloe, a charming, mischievous lady he met on a Paris-London flight. On Loves commences from a juncture where the majority of modern movies and novels conclude: the two lovers actually getting together and embarking on what hitherto seemed to them a pure bliss and happy life.

 

On Love challenges that notion of the happily-ever-after, and offers consolation for those whose expectations most often clash with reality, creating a sense of dissatisfaction usually wrongly attributed to their partners—rather than the very nature of all relationships: chaotic, confusing, dull, impotent, and laborious. Reading this book, however pessimistic it might seem, is a generous, and indeed an important, service one can afford himself or herself so they can become better and more fulfilled lovers, able to expect and experience the full spectrum of emotions inevitably associated with any meaningful relationship.