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Eros and You

January 14, 2014 , ,

Eros Ramazzotti is my favorite Euro pop star and this song was his first giant hit in Europe. I had not seen this video story of his quest to find the love of his life.  It is like a treasure hunt or scavenger hunt in which the destination is not known, but clues are gathered. This love story has dream qualities in which strong symbols compel him to continue the search.  The Roman god Eros was involved with much mystery and trickery.  Eros fell in love with Psyche but concealed his identity while he courted her nightly.  His mother Aphrodite was jealous of Psyche’s beauty, and wished her harm.  The story has many dramatic twists and turns but in the end the couple does marry and live happily.

Eros has a sexual spark, but it can represent beauty, vitality and flow of life.  When a person place or thing turns you on it reminds you of the vital force within your own body.  To be sexy or feel attracted is to confirm your own mysterious connection to love and your destiny as a lover.  To follow each tiny vital impulse would prove too much, but how can we be sensitive and respond when true love calls?  It is possible that only at the end of your life will you be able to look back and identify your true loves, your true dreams, and your true beliefs?  Is the treasure hunt for love so subtle and full of mysterious layers that we can only understand in retrospect?  What will you hunt for on Valentine’s Day?  Where will you find Eros?

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At my age(70) my Eros is fading! Help! Phileo is hard for me because of the “local mafia.” Agape is all that is left. But that is the best anyway. The others fade and fail us sooner or later. Just a thought.
Consider:
“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love (agapao) me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love (phileo) you.’ He said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ [16] He said to him a second time,'”Simon, son of John, do you love (agapao) me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love (phileo) you.’ He said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’ [17] He said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love (phileo) me?’ Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love (phileo) me?’ and he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love (phileo) you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.'” (John 21:15-17)
I think Jesus would agree that the only thing deadlier than being wrong is being right. Just a thought.

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frederick (rick) rehfeldt

January 15, 2014

This is a perfect reference because I am thinking about all of this after reading A Religion of One’s Own. Using the ancient language he explores the meaning of the Gospels as well as history. A lot has been lost in translation, as you so aptly demonstrate.

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mermaidcamp

January 16, 2014

tee he, I’ve never heard of Eros Ramazzotti! thanks for the introduction and for a lovely post

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London-Unattached.com

January 15, 2014

Well, you got my attention! what a great name for a pop star as well as the little trouble maker…

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Deborah Elizabeth Lotus

January 15, 2014

He did duets with Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti, so he must have something going professionally. Should we concern ourselves with any darkness in his personal life?

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frederick (rick) rehfeldt

January 15, 2014

I don’t know about his personal life, just the songs. He has a lot of hits in Spanish too. I actually understand all of those. I think it is pretty interesting the Italians still name people Eros.

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mermaidcamp

January 16, 2014

“…the Italians still name people Eros.” Interesting comment. Maybe that explains why the women in my family were always going to Italy. If I can ever afford it, I will go too. I was there when I was young. Sailed over on the Leonardo da Vinci once with my family. Rita Hayworth and her daughter Yasmin Khan were put at our table. Went to a restaurant in Rome with my family and Rita and Yasmin and someone heard my father call me “Ricky” and from then on the folks at the restaurant told everyone there I was Ricky Nelson. My parents did as much as they could for me when I was young because they knew what was coming later.

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frederick (rick) rehfeldt

January 16, 2014

This is totally fun. Love the photography of the video. It’s really well-done.

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Stevie Wilson

January 21, 2014

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