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Love and Will
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2016
The Essence of ‘Love and Will’ by Rollo May
In the fewest words possible Love and Will is showing that to overcome our current Collective Crisis in anxiety, Identity and alienation and the disease of loneliness in our Culture:
One must regain a connective consciousness that rejoins human relations via feelings relatedness expressed in emotional connection between intentionality, desire and freedom to reach and grasp the other.
To reach this level of connection and maintain feelings of togetherness is Eros, which when related to sexual instinct creates a union raising consciousness that deny reactions of separation.
This arises once a person engages his daimon, which represents one’s repressed emotions as well as the possibility for growth and new feeling awareness.
Once these emotions are re engaged and are no longer dispossessed out of consciousness, the individual has access to new possibility of being and action.
What a few sentences can’t convey is how May see’s sexuality and sensuality expressed in current culture. What the Myth of Eros and it’s personal relation to all meaningful relations is.
Also Just how repressed emotions are expressed in the Daimon of every individual, and just what is meant by Daimon ( angelic expression as well as Demon expression imbedded in the psyche’).
Moreover to understand his use of intentionality in relation to his meaning of Will and how intentionality…born of infant wish.. has meaning in decision of a person to move toward his future in a new awareness of affectual connection.
That is how feelings become the primary mode of relatedness.
All of this new feeling action must have a myth to bring into focus and allow for the life enhancing capabilities that is currently lacking in today’s society.
May shows how this ‘Love and Will’ is lost overtime w/o Myth that creates meaning in the lives of us all by showing how Myth in the past was the womb for Love.
In the meantime Repressed emotions will destroy Culture as it is in Violence and loss of meaning which destroys first connectivity in feeling with man to man and undermines all existing Culture significance. Not to mention how Culture destroys man by ignoring inner needs and reinforcing repression.
May shows that Greece and Rome and all civilizations break down due to this loss of meaning and affectual feelings that can no longer sustain itself in the rise of anxiety, depersonalization in the individual which forces emotional relatedness to be repressed which via violence breaks down the state. Culture Breaks down as the man looses touch with his capacity for self trust.
Rollo May’s master work describes the breakdown of Culture, the Dark Age we are entering or we are in and what is needed to regain Human dignity and integrity in the deterioration of the times and points to a path of healing hoping for a new Myth of man.
Bottom line is that May points out that w/o Will, the ability to wish and through intentionality allows us to decide our Future which is the essence of Loving Life.