Over a thousand years ago, a handful of Persian and Arabic court poets created a new way of looking at one of the seven or eight kinds of love. Today we still see that kind of love largely through their eyes. We call it “romantic love”.
Of course romantic love has been around since the first homo sapiens — and most likely even before them. It’s as old as the yellow grasses of Africa. But it has not always been seen — it has not always been understood — in the way we see and understand it today.
Here’s a thought for you. The world is coming together and I think it is likely that quite soon, some group of “poets” will create a new way of looking at love — one suited to a global culture. But if that wild idea comes true, then hold your breath! How people see love influences how they love.
If and when a new way of seeing love comes about — will that way be overall a good thing for the world, or a bad thing?
In my opinion, it could go either way.
For more on this topic, see this post.