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On Valentine's Day, Love Lessons
From the Greeks (and Churchill)

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Posted By: StormCnter, 2/14/2020 4:41:22 PM

On Valentine’s Day our thoughts turn, naturally, to love. There are many kinds, as the most evocative commercial on Super Bowl Sunday reminded us. Titled “Agape” and created by a Madison Avenue ad agency named Anomaly (actually, its offices are on Broadway), the ad speaks to our better angels. “The ancient Greeks,” the 60-second spot begins, “had four words for love.” To stirring music and accompanying visuals, the commercial then goes through them: Philia, “affection that grows from friendship.” Storge, “the kind you have for a grandparent, or a brother.” Eros, “the uncontrollable urge to say, ‘I love you.’”

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DVC 2/14/2020 4:57:45 PM (No. 318687)
A good read. I was aware of several of these various Greek words for forms of love. We studied Greek mythology in HS, with a very good teacher. I wonder if Lady Asquith was the one in the famous exchange of barbs at a party with Churchill. As I heard it, the lady says, "Sir, you are DRUNK!" Churchill replies, "Yes, madam, I am. And you are ugly. (pause) And in the morning, I shall sober, and you will still be ugly" The lady, much insulted, retorted, "If you were my husband, I would feed you poison!" To which Churchill finished things with, "And if you were my wife, I would eat it." Churchill had a razor sharp wit, and is a person that I greatly admire.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: sehall 2/14/2020 5:26:16 PM (No. 318712)
For all his faults, Churchill was the right man at the right time. I just finished reading the galley version of Erik Larson's latest book (due out on February 25), The Splendid and the Vile. The book is devoted to Churchill's leadership during the Blitz. Excellent read!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: DVC 2/14/2020 6:01:17 PM (No. 318734)
#2, IMO, Churchill's faults were minor and his strengths amazing. Often he saw much, much farther than any of his contemporaries.
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