The Paradox of Love

By Pascal Bruckner; Steven Rendall | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 5
Fluctuating Loyalties

I should blush for the faults that I have committed;
I long for those I can no longer commit.

PIERRE ABELARD

We find it innocent to desire and atrocious that the
other desires.

MARCEL PROUST

Beware of a brother, for every brother can be a Jacob,
every friend spreads calumny, one dupes the other.
Fraud upon fraud. Deception on deception.

JEREMIAH

In a commune in California, sometime in the 1960s, about forty boys and girls gathered in accord with the principles of the strictest sexual communism: forming an established couple was prohibited, partners were to be rotated, and preference based on aesthetic or cultural criteria was rejected. At the end of a year, some of the members who were obese or ugly found that they were being refused access to other members’ bedrooms and started wandering about on

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