This week in Die Zeit there were two papers about love and fidelity. One
more scientific, another more philosophic. In the latter there is a
couple of paragraphs related to Goethe’s “Elective Affinities” that are
100% in agreement with Rex:
Die Utopie der Liebe
"Fidelity is mere an idea that fails due to the natural laws. The
materialistic calculation that Goethe has reviewed in a sharp game
becomes clear in a remark by the captain, with whom Charlotte felt
reluctant in love: “Think of an A that is intimately connected with a B,
such that one cannot separate them without violence; think of a C that
is connected in a similar way with a D; now bring the two couples in
touch: A goes to D, C goes to B, without that one can say who first
left, who first joined the other.“
"So it happens. And is it not devilish near to a common way of thinking?
The fact that we are not masters of our decisions, but products of
biochemical processes (or some others)?"
Hence Rex might well be right that the discussion here continues because
we do not have free will.
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