Signpostings

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 Sharewik.com

    [Content Caution]

Living in a New Age: The Dissolution of Marriage and Family

Posted by Dale Kuehne on March 5, 2012

There have only been 2 times in the past decade where I thought that the scholars and mainstream media misjudged the severity of a social crisis. The first was the racism associated with Hurricane Katrina. There is amply evidence to suggest that the racism which surfaced was worse than we have admitted, probably because it is so hard to face.

The second is the current reporting about the state of marriage and family in the United States. Not only are fewer young people getting married and increasing number of boomers are OPTING for approach retirement unattached.

Both of these trends are connected by a single cause: a hemorrhaging of relational hope. We are no longer looking earnestly for Mr. or Ms. Right. We doubt they exist. The political and social implications of this are staggering because we have no models of a functional aging society which lost relational hope. (Democracy by definition requires relational hope: belief we can work with others to create a better polity.)

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/02/us/more-americans-rejecting-marriage-in-50s-and-beyond.html?_r=1

At the risk of shameless self-promotion I believe there is an answer. This is the question on which I am spending this year writing: Finding Love in the Ruins (Baker Academic/Brazos Press) 2012.

I wait for you my love
I ache for you my love
Call this a liquid love
Rain down on me

(You should have come over)

Your love slips through my hands
These streets like sinking sand
Drowning in liquid love
Rain down on me

I call out your name (You should have come over)
Your love is chasing through my veins (You should have come over)
Such a foolish game (You should have come over)
Your love’s no good for me – good for me
But it makes me happy

(Makes me happy)

I wait for you my love
I ache for you my love
Call this a liquid love
Rain down on me

I call out your name (You should have come over)
Your love is chasing through my veins (You should have come over)
Such a foolish game (You should have come over)
Your love’s no good for me – good for me
But it makes me happy

Liquid Love by Above & Beyond from Tri-State (2006)

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