The Locks on Paris’s Bridges Represent a Misunderstanding – NYTimes.com

A nice little vignette about love, contrasting the superficial symbolism of locks on Paris bridges (which we have walked across many times without placing a lock!) and a more nuanced understanding about love and relationships. Quote:

In his recent book, “In Praise of Love,” the French philosopher Alain Badiou reminds us that love implies constant risk. There is no safe, everlasting love. The idea that you can lock two people’s love once and for all, and toss the key, is a puerile fantasy. For Mr. Badiou, love is inherently hazardous, always on the brink of failure and above all vulnerable. Embrace its fragility, wish your beloved to be free and you might just, only just, have a chance to retain his or her undying gratitude, and love. But don’t ever dream of locks and throwing keys overboard, especially not in Paris.

The Locks on Paris’s Bridges Represent a Misunderstanding – NYTimes.com.

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