True Love Driven by Indulgence & Desire

Our actions and the ways in which we choose to spend our lives are ultimately defined by our motivation. The human condition focuses on oneself and all that one can personally benefit from. This draws the question of whether or not acts can truly be selfless. Self satisfaction and indulgence whisper in the ear of the forces that drive humans to each choice they make. In many of the texts we read this semester, the issue of judgement and decision making is heavily analyzed, as well as the issue of selfishness within the human condition. Love and relationships require balance, and love cannot exist between two, if only driven by self indulgence and the desire to merely connect. Isolation surrounds the individual, whether it be in relationships with others; or the relationship one has with oneself. Ultimately, selfishness and the insatiable need to indulge, no matter the consequence, manifests.  

This piece by Klimt gives us an example of the superficial view of true love. It draws you in and gives a feeling of comfort, as if this love is exactly what it should be. What is missing from the picture is the intentions behind this love.
All that Orpheus had to do was guide his wife out of the Underworld to be reunited with her. The challenge was that he could not look back, he had to be confident that she was behind him. Yet, Orpheus couldn't stand not knowing. He needed to be reassured that she was behind him, and so he turned around and lost her forever.
"So too with men. Though education give them equal polish, still there are traces of their nature nothing can abolish." - Lucretius
'And would you want to be so loved by them that, because of their love, you would always suffer sickness in isolation?' - Epictetus
This piece speaks to what love is when we act it out for the wrong reasons. When one is motivated solely by personal benefit, all they have to show for their actions cannot be shared. This piece also connected a lot to the way I interpreted Walden by Henry David Thoreau. I imagine Thoreau's experiences and time spent looked very similar to this.
"Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?" - Thoreau David Bowie was someone who lived a lot of his life simply feeding his own ego, which he admits later in life. In that way, he isolated himself from others. Bowie and Thoreau are similar in this respect.
'I must die. But must I die bawling?' When we live only for ourselves, we die by ourselves.
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