every human being can love more than one person, and has examined the dangers, the traps, the drawbacks in society, of the realization of this possibility by taking it to the extreme. Prehumans are unable to harmonize in their self the tendencies which accompany psychic love and social fears. For this reason they produce plays (dramas) for themselves which allow them to live by proxy the conflicts instead of transcending the limitations of psychic love. Playwrights attempt to dramatize any aspect that attracts them. And when the author of a play is a cleric, one can expect that such a hero as Don Juan must pay for not being content with one love. Still, the attraction over centuries of the characters of Casanova and of Don Juan must be accounted for by accepting that they represent a way of being of men and women in society. Whether imprisoned in the psyche and its constant suggestion that a new partner may be better than the one one has, or liberated by the concentration on the challenge of knowing where one stands in such matters, mankind is stating that it considers love to be much more important than the socio-biological functions it is supposed to perform in the abstract. Psychic-love and conflicts seem closely associated in the general public’s view of love relationships. But the temptation to enter into a new love relation when infatuation strikes remains as strong whether one heeds the warnings or ignores them. And for modern man, temptation is no longer the work of the devil, but only of one’s psyche and one’s affectivity, and so he can indulge in letting a vision take its course. The consequence of one’s actions may lead to complications and to deep regrets, but the motive for acting is not less real. It must be taken into account if we want to understand love as the existential phenomenon it is.
What can be learned about love if one considers it as an energy that is the result of self-awareness? In his essay On Love, Caleb Gattegno a...