On Love: A Philosophical Dialogue

On Love: A Philosophical Dialogue

On Love: A Philosophical Dialogue

On Love: A Philosophical Dialogue

Synopsis

The multifaceted topic of love is examined from all angles in an ongoing conversation between two characters, Director and Handsome. Over coffee, over wine, over a certain stretch of time, they explore together the apparent and not-so-apparent nuances of friendship, attraction, respect and romance, why opposites attract and why common ground too is so necessary to us as we chart our course through life.

Excerpt

This book consists of one long conversation between Director and Handsome on the topic of love.

Who are these characters? Why don’t they have traditional names? Director is the one constant throughout the books I’ve written. He is a philosopher, and he does what you might expect a philosopher to do. Handsome appears only in this book. He is, as you might guess, handsome.

From Director’s name we gather that he, well, directs. When I first conceived of him, I saw him as working in a company as a manager. That happened to be at a time when I, too, was working in a company as a manager. But, and I can’t stress this enough — Director isn’t, and never was, me. None of my characters are me. None of my characters are anyone else in real life, for that matter.

Director is my idea of a philosopher. As such, he helps lead the conversations in my books. His name reminds us that he is often directing, even when he does so in less than obvious ways.

And isn’t this how it once was? Someone named Weaver wove. Someone named Baker baked. So it is with my characters.

But what does Handsome do? He simply is; he is handsome. Naming him Handsome allowed me to keep present to the reader his looks throughout the conversation, as happens in life. But after a while, ideally, the name becomes merely a name. One forgets, or rather discounts the fact, that the other is good looking (or bad looking, or passing indifferent). One focuses simply on what is said.

And what is said is meant to be basic, simple. in my opinion, this is how we get to the fundamental. Accordingly, there is no prerequisite for a good understanding of this book.

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