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The Arc of LoveHow Our Romantic Lives Change over Time$
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Aaron Ben-Ze'ev

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226633909

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226634067.001.0001

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Afterword: Fresh Eggs, Aging Wine, and Profound Love

Afterword: Fresh Eggs, Aging Wine, and Profound Love

(p.240) 14 Afterword: Fresh Eggs, Aging Wine, and Profound Love
The Arc of Love

Aaron Ben-Ze'ev

University of Chicago Press

In this book the reader have traversed the highways and byways of love. The journey has cast doubt on prevailing popular attempts to make love as fresh as it was at its very beginning. When freshness is foremost, we are setting ourselves up to lose the battle for long-lasting profound love before the war has begun, as there will always be fresher and tastier occasional romantic affairs than the present one. The book does not advises giving up enjoyable romantic experiences, while promising that, ultimately, we will feel better without it. It does not recommend giving up intense, wild love—on the contrary, the book suggests that we are witnessing a renaissance of romantic excitement, and this is a positive development. However, these new circumstances have disturbed the balance between intensity and profundity to the extent that romantic profundity is becoming harder to achieve. When the romantic bond is nourishing, and lovers bring out the best in each other, they become calmer, happier, and healthier. They discover new tastes in their ongoing romantic relationships. Such relations helps them flourish, making each other the sunshine of their life.

Keywords:   aging, calmness, eggs, fresh, nourishment, taste, wine

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