January 15, 2014

The Nature of Love, Part 6: Modern Concepts and Triangle of Love

Last time in Part 5 of this series, I talked about Hindu and Tantric concepts about love.

Madeleine de Scudéry
In the West, more modern ideas about love started to emerge around the 17th century, in France, unsurprisingly. The novel Clélie, by Madeleine de Scudéry, included a map known as "Carte de Tendre" (Map of Tendre"). The map represents the road to finding love.

The map is a metaphor showing the growth and development of love, as understood at that time. The waterways are a major feature of the map. A major river, known as "Disposition" splits the map in half, then merges with two smaller rivers, "Respect" and "Gratitude". The Disposition River then empties into the Dangerous Sea. Across the Dangerous Sea are the Unknown Lands, and off to the West is the Enmity Sea. The rivers represent control over one's passions, while the seas represent the loss of that emotional control.