Love – A Conversation

Sana: Haddaway truly asked the question of our time: What is Love? He proceeded to attempt to answer it by requesting that his lover refrain from hurting him no more, implying that he was in love and was simultaneously being hurt. Thus love, in this discussion, becomes a form of pain.

Paul: The significance of Haddaway’s question is deepened by other scholars of his time including Meatloaf’s claim that he would do anything for this concept of “love” (except “that”). To try and answer this question, Vanessa Willaims, with the help of Brian Mcknight simply states that “Love is”… A sort of ontological response to the question. Meanwhile, a PHD in Rhymenology such as Dr. Dre would tend to argue that a different form of love is nothing but a G “thang” and like this and like that and like this and uh.

Sana: Have you considered his contemporaries? Simpson, the younger one, made an excellent observation by providing a linguistic take on “love” – L-O-V-E. Her approach, however, was different than her predecessors as she joined her L and O to create a salutation of the British persuasion. Thus, love for Simpson was “Ello Ello Ello Ello V E” – both an initial and repeated encounter between two consenting individuals. Some have posited that Simpson’s pronunciation may also lead some to believe that she implies “V D” thus theorizing that love today is merely and purely casual sexual encounters that follow an initial or few repeated greetings.

4 thoughts on “Love – A Conversation

  1. Speaking of contemporaries :

    David Guetta seems to have embraced a tragic stance on the concept of love. Over and over again in his dialogues he asks where all the love has gone… And, receiving no answer, develops his argument that society in general has nothing else to do or prove since the love has gone…

    In this analysis, the human race seems to be built on the basis of love. Therefore, Guetta’s answer to the great question of the meaning of life is to have love. This is contrary to many other historic scholarly articles that would indicate that the answer to the meaning of life is “42”.

    The aforementioned answer, however, once again begs the question : what is love?

    To which no one can be exactly sure apart from Haddaway himself.

  2. Guetta has definitely provided an excellent analysis to this field of studies. I find his collaboration with Akon extremely fascinating because it explores the possibility of momentary love through complete degradation of the object of attraction. Akon asks how it is possible for him to describe this object, who is not like your neighbourhood ho, in such a way that is not disrespectful. And it really begs the question of what is the relationship of respect to love?

    Which, if you ask me, can only be answered once we know what “love” is – and that in turn begs the question of whether we can really define love monolithically. I am more of the Bob Sinclair school of thought that establishes the importance of being the Love Generation.

  3. I would argue that demarcating Love within the confines of a “Generation” provides a limited scope of reference. How long does this generation last? What existed before the Love Generation? Is there more love within this Generation than the last? Do we have tangible evidence to that effect? How can we measure “love”?

    Although the Love Generation may span many years, it is important to remember the evolution of the treatment of this term. In the 1940s, Cole Porter referred to the concept as a sort of flesh eating disease that manifested itself underneath one’s skin. In the 50s, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Ram Rand all made different arguments that their generation was more loving than the previous as well. Mr.Ram even went as far to say that “only (insert person of allocated affection) could make the world seem right”. This clearly develops a metaphysical argument around the existence of an “other” (or person being perceived) in order to accept one’s existence.

    I think it all boils down to the continuing immutable statement that is eloquently rock balladed upon humanity courtesy of Foreigner : I want to know what love is. Foreigner, attempting to move away from generalizations and ontology, makes specific demands for tangible evidence to prove what love is. However, along with this request Foreigner also adds that time is an essential component to any future uncovering of truth.

  4. You make an excellent argument, dear friend. I am certainly compelled to agree with you regarding the point about our generation. While you are correct about the idea that this generation bit is far too confining, I think Sinclair meant it in a time-transcendental way. That regardless of which generation you belong to, be love – be the generation of love. Whatever that ‘love’ may be, which he, however, seems to characterize as a world without children play in the streets, without broken arms and faded dreams.

    If pushed further, however, I am inclined to borrow Turner’s essential question which I strongly believe is truly secondary to Haddaway’s initial question. Turner asks of us, her colleagues, what’s love got to do with it? And her later contemporaries, the Black Eyed Peas, further expand on this by asking where is the love? Indeed – now we are back to the bare existence of love and its location. Is it something tangible, or is it something that those who adhere to the Queen school of thought believe to be a crazy little thing?

    And I also agree with your emphasis on Foreigner’s ‘immutable statement’ – which I feel finds further substantiation in Darkness’ assertion that they do, in fact, believe in a thing called love. What this love is, it’s never quite understood. It consists of feelings that are inexplicable, everyone touching everyone else, heart palpitations, consistent kissing through the hours and days, as well as rockin’ till the sun goes down.

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