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Romanticism emerged as an ideology in Europe in the mid-18th century in the minds of poets, artists and philosophers, and it has now conquered the world.
It has permeated our culture with many assumptions about how couples are supposed to get together. It teaches us what to value, how to approach conflicts and what to get excited about.
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Romanticism has influenced us to dislike the idea of entering into a relationship for practical or financial reasons.
For most of recorded history, people had fallen into relationships and married for logical pragmatic sorts of reasons.
Romanticism believes choosing a partner should be about letting oneself be guided by feelings, rather than practical considerations.
It tells us that marriage can have all the excitement of a love affair and the feelings of love should prevail over a life-time.
The salvation of love lies in overcoming a succession of errors within Romanticism.
... that true love end loneliness. It promised that the right partner would understand us fully without words.
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For most of recorded history, people got married for logical pragmatic sorts of reasons.
Since around 1750, we have been living in an era in the history of love that we can call Romanticism where the marriage of reason was replaced with the marriage of feeling.
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The differences in how people have loved throughout history suggest that our style of loving is to a significant extent determined by what the prevailing environment dictates.
It is through novels, poems, songs and, latterly, films that we have acquired our misleading ideas about love.
The ancient Greek philosopher Plato argued that the highest form of love was brotherly love or platonic love.
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