episode #55 euphoric joy

Aristophanes says human beings were initially round (their sides and backs formed a circle), had four arms and legs, and one head with two faces which looked in opposite directions. As such, humans were very powerful. So Zeus decided to “cut them in two [so] they will be diminished in strength.

Plato: The Symposium, Aristophanes gives the origin of soulmates story

We are searching for our other halves.

In Ancient Chinese philosophy, yin and yang, two halves that together complete wholeness, a concept of dualism. Seemingly opposite forces may be complementary and give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another – dark and light, sun and moon, male and female. Generally speaking, yin is characterised as an inward energy that is feminine, earth, darkness, passivity, and absorption. On the other hand, yang is characterised as outward energy, heaven, maleness, light, activity, and penetration.

Even if we were to assume the essence of romantic love is universal and refers to the same thing today as it did many years ago, evidence suggests romantic love was often much less important in the past. Romantic love became important during the new economic realities of the 19th century together with the ideas that emerged from the Enlightenment about individual rights and the pursuit of happiness resulted in a new Age of Romanticism. 

Spoken word

William Shakespeare: Sonnet 116 Festival of Love (read by Juliet Stevenson)


Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman & Jamie Allen: Elephant Love Medley

Florence + the Machine: Cosmic Love

Deee-Lite: Bring Me Your Love

Daft Punk: Digital Love

Gorillaz: On Melancholy Hill

Röyksopp: Something In My Heart

Carrie Cleveland: Love Will Set You Free

Koop: Strange Love

Grady Tate: And I Love Her

Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg: Je T’aime Moi Non Plus

Four Tet: Gillie Amma, I Love You

Community radio midnight show Through the Bohemian Looking Glass is aired every night at midnight (GMT). A new episode is aired every Friday midnight on Wirral Wave radio or AirTime. Later on SoundCloud for some time.

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