May 12, 2012 ~ 5 pm – 7pm
Presenter: Patricia Berry, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst
Why is love so difficult? How do we fail it? For centuries, love has been a topic for philosophy, theology, and especially the arts. During the past century, depth psychology, evolutionary theory and modern science have taken up the topic as well. Yet marriages and partnerships continue to break up, and the divorce rate climbs. We seem to be failing at love. Are we the problem? Modern society? Or is it love itself that is so difficult? Could love be problematic even at an “archetypal level”?
To explore the situation, this lecture will draw upon the Upanishads of the East, Homer’s Hymn to Aphrodite of the ancient Greek world, Virgil’s Aeneid of the Roman West. To bring our view to the present, we will also look at some contemporary film clips. By the end of the discussion, we will have a better appreciation of why love is difficult, how and why we fail at love, and what those failures could be asking of us.