This exhibit talks about the dangers of love, desire, and freedom. To love is to desire. To desire and love is to be controlled.The object of one's affection has a hold over that person the second they give into the emotions love or desire it. True happiness does not come from love. It comes from freedom. The great philosopher Epictetus strongly believed this. Love is not a bad thing, but to give into it and let it have control over you is. He advised people to kiss their wives and then remind themselves that she could die at any moment. To be truly free one must avoid letting desire and love consume them. Humans find pleasure from pain. Why else would punishment and torture exist? Inflicting pain is almost never necessary, yet people do it very often. Especially in the form of punishment. They get pleasure from seeing others in pain. Friedrich Nietzsche wrote on this. Many times they hate and despise the very things they claim to love. Not only can love and desire create a hold over you but the very object of that affection very well could be wanting to hurt and ruin you. To avoid this one must keep boundaries. They must distance themselves from the objects of their affection, such as Epictetus suggested. Kiss your wife and remember she could die at any second. Keep space between you and those surrounding you,Take time for oneself, such as Thoreau did. Do not let emotions rule you. Rational thinking and being aware of how the world is working around you can help lead to living a life of freedom. A life of true happiness. Never forgetting that things change, die, and want to hurt you. Check yourself often and do not fall prey to the objects of love and desire.If you do they will ruin you.