Slavoj Žižek – What Is Love?

“What is love?” Slavoj Žižek asks in the documentary The Examined Life.

“Love is not idealization. A true Lover knows that if you really love a woman or a man, that you do not idealize him or her. Loves means that you accept a person, with all its failures, stupidities, ugly points and nonetheless the person is absolute for you, everything that makes life worth living, that you see perfection in imperfection itself. And that is how we should learn to love the world.”

Furthermore Zizek adds:

“We should not forget that we humans are a part of the living earth. We should not forget that we are not abstract engineers or theorists who just exploit the nature. But we are a part of nature, that nature is part of our unfathomable, impenetrable background.”

Slavoj Žižek is one of my favorite modern day philosophers. For one, because when I hear him speak, it’s quite reminiscent of the thought process that takes place in my own mind, his choppy way of explaining his thoughts but also because I admire his way of bringing us closer to the earth, closer to the good, the bad and ugly parts of the world, that we are not separate from nature. The below clip is a part of my growing admiration, as he says that “Love Is Evil” when referring the imbalance that comes from biased loving of a certain portion, a certain person, a certain self, in this world. Rather than, as he states in The Examined Life, loving all facets of our world. He’s on to something here.

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