cute kitty Meow! Mewo! Posted November 18, 2016 Share Posted November 18, 2016 my impression is that like. the emotional experience of romantic and sexual attractions are part of being human since forever, but before the modern era where spreading information was more efficiently available, people would have to relly on their immediately surrounding social connections to come up with language and concepts to express their feelings. and I don't know much about the culture before the modern age but, I'm under the impression that before romance shook things up couples were matched due to family status and social polotics - marriages tended to occur as a means to strengthen ties between families, or to strengthen the success or health of progeny. that people married people who were close to the family, rather than close to the individual, and our human experience of romantic attraction is all about the individual's preferences - so people would be lucky if their marriages involved romantic connections - or were the kind of person who develops a romantic connection over time - and even so, I imagine that life would host challenges that make romantic connections hard to develop. like, generally speaking, romance is able to succeed when it does today, because the people involved either have the time to develop them - or more often, know to set time for it, and how to do it. Romance being a modern thing - to me- means that.... our quality of life and our ability to share ideas enables for us to focus on our emotional satisfaction much more so than we used to - and when it comes to romance specifically, means that we have the privilege (as a culture) to be able to enjoy romantic stories and a romantic culture, and the pursuit of romance in our relationships - not that romantic feelings, themselves, are constructed by culture, but rather, embellished because of culture. I suppose that in a way that is still "construction" because taking clay and forming it into tools and infrastructure is construction. but the clay always existed before we constructed it into something. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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