For those who have been raised in public education with confused messages of individual achievement suppressed against desires of collective ambition, they are living in very confusing times. When socialism is discussed as it is so often today, many people do not understand that all forms of collectivism are the remnants of civilization’s primitive past and that the world is undergoing a revolution that will forever advance the human mind toward individualism. In America the concept of individualism has been attacked by European influence so to bring the entire world back in line with the same type of collectivist philosophy—which is presently attempting to return the mind of man back to those of the Dark Ages, where sacrifice, altruism, and social peaking order were the primary determinations of success.
As even the staunchest Marxist, communist, greenie weenie, unionized school teacher and left leaning old hippie might cite the aims of collective causes as the highest human endeavor, the basis for all basic human relationships points away toward the kind of freedom that was invented primarily in America through capitalism as an economic philosophy. But the aforementioned freedom actually started in the south of France and northern Italy many years ago starting as a flash of ideas that would change the world. Few today can even fathom the type of collectivism celebrated in most of the world from Asia to Europe prior to the 13th century in the slow march all human beings have endeavored to escape. Yet the fact that few can remember such a time or even imagine the ridiculousness of the times is accepted in modern America even in regard to same-sex marriage. The freedom, the first among any human being on planet Earth which occurred well before the famed pirate age in the Caribbean, (CLICK FOR REVIEW) is one that we all take for granted in the present day. Someday even the claims of modern communists will fall in similar fashion as the tradition which had occurred before it, and still does in primitive places in the world, the concept of the “arranged marriage.”
All societies which practiced, or currently practice “arranged marriages” are collectivist oriented societies. The idea all through human history prior to the 13th century was that families would pick spouses from one family or another to join together in matrimony. In so doing the family would then become united as a collective unit. In collective cultures it is not uncommon for a father to give away their daughter to the youth of another family as a way to strengthen their family’s influence politically though the “power of pull.” (CLICK TO LEARN MORE) To some extent this still goes on even in the United States every time a parent tells their daughter, “You should marry that guy, because he has a nice family and he’s going to be a doctor, so you’ll always have money.” This is a collectivist stance on marriage and societies who practice such things are naturally drawn to various forms of socialism as their governing influence. This is how things were done in the world until the troubadours rocked the world of romance with the crazy, maniacal idea that couples should join together because of their “shared values.” This idea of “romantic love” and marriages built upon it is an idea that most in the Occident would consider barbaric when openly advocated in 2013, but was highly rebellious when first conceived by the troubadours.
Troubadours and Trouvères, were lyric poets and poet-musicians who flourished in France from the end of the 11th century to the end of the 13th century. The troubadours were active in Provence in southern France. Written in the Provençal language, the lyrics of the troubadours were among the first to use native language rather than Latin, the literary language of the Middle Ages. The earliest troubadour whose works have been preserved was Guillaume IX of Aquitaine (1071-1127). The majority of known troubadours were nobles and in some cases kings. Troubadour music gradually disappeared during the 13th century but their impact would resonate through European culture for centuries thereafter.
trou·ba·dour (tr¡¹be-dôr´, -dor´, -d¢r´) noun
1. One of a class of 12th-century and 13th-century lyric poets in Provence, northern Italy, and northern Spain, who composed songs in langue d’oc often about courtly love.
2. A strolling minstrel.
[French, from Provençal trobador, from Old Provençal, from trobar, to compose, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *tropâre, from Late Latin tropus, trope, song, from Latin, trope. See trope.]
The verse forms included the canso (stanza song), tenso (dialogue or debate), sirvente (political or satirical canso), planh (complaint or dirge), alba (morning song), and serena (evening song). The musical accompaniments were generally played on stringed instruments such as viele (medieval fiddle) or the lute.
The trouvères were court poet-musicians of northern France. Their songs were strongly influenced by those of the troubadours. The northern poet-musicians eventually developed their own genre, which placed more emphasis on heroic epics. The trouvères wrote in the northern French language. The most famous trouvère was Adam de la Halle.
The Middle Ages, a period of European history spanning roughly a thousand years, has not been well represented in most high school history curriculums, and indeed is frequently neglected in undergraduate history programs as well. It is because the Middle Ages are so poorly studied, even in European education, that many of the influences that shape the world today are lost as to their original meanings. Many modern students of history assume that romantic love was always the primary motive of marriage, but it wasn’t. Marriage unions prior to the troubadours had collective social concerns as the primary motive.
The way the troubadours envisioned romantic love threatened the entire family structure of organized society and the collective aims of surrendering individual happiness to the needs of a family, a region, or even a nation dominated social concerns. Yet after seven centuries in Occidental cultures, romantic love is now expected – even mandated. It is because of the troubadours that Hollywood’s most successful products are romantic comedies as the yearning in America and Europe for authentic love relationships – relationships built from the shared values of two people in “love” otherwise known as the chemical reaction produced in the brain desiring to bring the sexual organs of two people together with the added spice of common likes and dislikes in a mating partner drive the motivations of relationship forming. Sex or the promise of it is the basis behind such “romantic love” and is wholly inspired by the need for pleasurable gratification. In such relationships if the self-interest of one party is not fulfilled by the other, the relationship tends to disintegrate if more aspects of the relationship are not introduced into the more complicated union, such as children, real estate, or mature friendships which bloom from the satisfaction of shared values. Most of these relationships begin as the primary desire for sexual gratification which is not sacrificial, but pleasurable.
In arranged marriages, or marriages where attractive females marry men many years their senior for what such arrangements may do for their career or financial well-being the woman will allow her body to be used for sex in a similar way that a prostitute sells her body, but is unlikely to enjoy the experience herself since she is not attracted physically to her mate. In Europe this led to the Victorian Era promiscuity that has become so well-known to the period where affairs were rampant, but suppressed for fear that the Church might look poorly upon the behavior. It was these same Victorians who settled New England from the period of the War of 1812 to the Red Decade Period and brought with them the work of Karl Marx and progressive politics. The ghosts of these Victorians are in every mother who says to her daughter, “Marry him because he makes a lot of money,” meaning the marriage partner will have the kind of “political pull” to bring success to her family. It is unlikely that the women in such “arranged marriages” will enjoy or sympathize with individual endeavors since they have sacrificed their will to the collective desires of other influences. These types of families tend to look toward political socialism to bring attempts at happiness to their lives. If they can’t be happy, or didn’t fight for their right to be happy in the most basic aspects of their lives which is their sexual relationships, then they will seek government that will eliminate other options of free will so that the limited choices in they have made won’t be so obvious.
Yet such advancement in individuality cannot be undone. Romantic love is here to stay and with it over many years the traces of collective oriented government will eventually fail totally as human beings come to realize that they wish in their governments the same options that they have in their sexual relationships. Currently, many people who grew up on romantic comedies are the same people desiring socialism or at least aspects of it because they don’t understand how the two things are connected. People today expect to pick their spouse of their own free will, and if the lover does not fulfill their needs, then the relationship ends and a new lover is typically found until the right fit occurs. The premise behind the “romantic love” is the alignment of values with another individual which acknowledges that the happiness of individuals is more important than the happiness of collective groups. The same debate is currently happening economically and politically; the socialist and communists are at war with the capitalists and Constitutional purists. The idea of capitalism is the “romantic love” of finance and it was invented in The United States by the mythical Americans who like the troubadours have made a move against at least 10,000 years of human history and the economical means of exchange that have occurred during that time. The result has been explosive, which is why America has so much current wealth. Just like the arranged marriages from the 13th century, there was a lot of resistance to the “romantic love” proposed by the troubadours. Capitalism like “romantic love” is opposed by collectivists and the established order of yesterday who desire communism and socialism as the way to quell threats of free will in means of government and national management. But such governments are moving out of fashion, and will eventually be as rare 200 to 300 years from now as arranged marriages are rare in the modern age. America as an experiment rocked the world with its radical new ideas regarding capitalism, and the world closed up around it hopping to squeeze it dead with progressive politics, but they are too late. Human beings have tasted such freedom as “romantic love” and now “capitalism” which are one and the same. Mankind will not be happy until the two systems are in harmony in the light of daily life where “romantic love” rules the bedroom and “capitalism” rules the means that such couples make their livings.
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