Meaningful Titles

I’ve been insisting that my students create original and meaningful titles for their essays. This backfired in a really big way when I received an essay titled, “Erotic Love Destroys Relationships.”

Woe be unto me.

10 thoughts on “Meaningful Titles

  1. It’s be interesting to know the content of your student’s essay. Why would it be that perceived as backfiring?. In my experience, no relationship without a high erotic love content is bound to survive no matter the intensity of common goals, real commitment, openness and so on. Conversely, any relationship founded in sheer erotic “love” in the absence of openness and true commitment will die sooner rather than later.

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    1. “It’s be interesting to know the content of your student’s essay.”

      – She was analyzing a work of literature where a wife cheats on her husband.

      “Why would it be that perceived as backfiring?”

      – because the title of the essay sounds very unintelligent and childish.

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  2. The idea that erotic attraction destroys realtionships is an inextricable part of every form of Christianity. Curiously, it seems not to be so much in Islam and Judaism. They, of course, have their own problems with anything sexual.

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    1. “The idea that erotic attraction destroys realtionships is an inextricable part of every form of Christianity. ”

      – Again, are we talking about Catholicism? The Bible exhorts spouses not to deny sex to each other. In Russian Orthodox Church it is a very big thing that you hear all the time.

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    1. The Bible exhorts spouses not to deny sex to each other.

      Where?? I do not know much about either Catholicism or Christian Orthodoxy. But based upon the fact that Christians all consider Paul’s letters to be sacred text, and knowing how Paul felt about women, I will be surprised if you demonstrate that I am wrong. My firsthand knowledge is primarily of Protestant (Presbyterian) fundamentalism.

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      1. 1 Corinthians 7:5: “Do not deprive each other of sexual relations, unless you both agree to refrain from sexual intimacy for a limited time so you can give yourselves more completely to prayer. Afterward, you should come together again so that Satan won’t be able to tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”

        1 Corinthians 7:4: “The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife.”

        And here is a traditional Bible commentary on this excerpt: “come together again; to the same bed, and the use of it, and that for this reason,

        that Satan tempt you not for your incontinence; for not having the gift of continency, should they pretend to keep apart long: Satan, who knows the temperament and disposition of men and women, may tempt them not only to hatred of, and quarrels with one another.”

        Note the very progressive idea that sexual deprivation makes people angry and irritable. Even today it is impossible to convince most people of this.

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  3. “…….to refrain from sexual intimacy for a limited time so you can give yourselves more completely to prayer….”. Yes indeed, I have given myself completely to prayer for unlimited time “cause I don’t know where my other is!. Maybe under the bed?..I am blind.

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