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LOVE AMONG THE HIGHBROW, AND THE LOW

What is the source of wisdom?

We are not born understanding thermodynamics or quantum mechanics, nor are we skilled innately to play Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 or to perform spinal surgery.  The knowledge required for such undertakings comes from long years committed to education and training.

But what are the intellectual requirements for offering insights into the deepest human mysteries?  Do “highbrow” and “lowbrow” matter when the subject is the meaning of love?

I would argue not, and I would offer into evidence the testimony of two witnesses to support my case.

Marie-Henri Beyle, widely known by his pen name Stendhal, was a 19th-century French intellectual, polemicist, and novelist.  He authored De L’Amour (On Love), the classic work on the nature of love.

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