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Spreading the Virus of Love and Death

Collective love and solidarity are for the most part associated with the life-sustaining feeling of happiness, joy, and fulfillment. What if such an association is an illusion that actually threatens collective love and solidarity? Love doesn’t make you happy; it requires genuine caring, effort, self-sacrifice, and the ability to share the pain and suffering of others. It hurts and destroys you, bringing you closer to death rather than making you more alive.

Julie Reshe is a Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institute of Psychoanalysis of the Global Center for Advanced Studies, where she teaches online seminars on subjects such as philosophy and psychoanalysis. She studied psychology at the University of Oxford and received a Ph.D. from the Institute of Philosophy of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the leading center for the study of philosophically oriented psychoanalysis. She has authored 2 books and over 100 academic and popular articles. Her recent book Introduction to Philosophy: The Plasticity of Everyday Life was a bestseller in Russia and has been longlisted for the Alexander Piatigorsky Award.

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