Objective: Book One, Introduction to the Treatise on Love, Preface, Chapters 1-5 The author defined love as being innate and greatly composed of tremendous suffering arising from many different feelings and actions. This lesson looks at the causes of the suffering linked to love.
1. Class discussion: Discuss the issue of love that is unbalanced. How might a relationship between lovers be considered "unbalanced"? Why did the author suggest that no suffering is greater than when love is unbalanced? Why might feelings of paralyzing fear be a part of an unbalanced love?
2. Partner Discussion: What specific circumstances or situations might make a love unbalanced? Is a love doomed to always be unbalanced? Is it possible to fix the imbalance?
3. Individual Assignment: In a short essay, explain the ways in which suffering is part of love, citing examples from the book.
4. Homework: Briefly describe the author's explanation of the...
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