Relationships in a World of Individualism

  • rWorld

    The rWorld is about more than Dale Kuehne's book Sex and the iWorld.
    The rWorld is a New England based, non-profit (in formation), that is composed of a growing number of people and organizations from many faith and ideological backgrounds worldwide. We believe that much of the fulfillment for which women and men are looking can be found by enhancing the quality of our relationships. While the individual freedom we enjoy in the West is a gift, the love and intimacy for which humans yearn will not be found in self-serving materialism or hedonism, but in a variety of healthy relationships.

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  • Dale Kuehne

    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

    In this blog I'm highlighting signposts of the world in which we presently reside as a means of helping promote a civil, and meaningful dialogue about what kind of world in which we wish to live. I am particularly interested in exploring how might we reconcile the individual good and the common good, and where reconciliation isn’t possible, which should take precedence and why.

    I also blog at

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Of a subtle sweetness in the sun (Love and the rWorld, Part 1)

Posted by Dale Kuehne on October 29, 2010

Of a subtle sweetness in the sun by Leah Kuehne Oil on Paper

Continued from Thursday …

If triple bottom line thinking is a fundamental principle of the rWorld, what is the foundation of the rWorld?


That is the answer and the problem.

The iWorld has mostly forgotten what love means.

Presently love is understood to be romance and sexual expression.

Jane Austin meets Eros.

This reduces love to feeling and sensation.

If God is love there is so much more to love.

The Greeks had four words for love that depicted for different dimensions.

Eros (The sense of being in love, not narrowly limited to sexual expression)
Storge (Affection achieved through closeness)
Phileo (Deep friendship)
Agape (Charity, sacrificial love)

They have a much fuller understanding of love than the iWorld.

But whose to say they got it right?

A student once told me there are at least 19 different words for love. I asked her, Why?

She replied, Why wouldn’t there be? If God is love why would we expect God to be merely 4 dimensional?

At that moment she removed a log from my eye.

If love were an iceberg it would be an exaggeration to say that we can see even its tip.

If love is divine, there is so much we do not see or comprehend.

So if the rWorld is based on love. What is love?

To be continued ….


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