THE UNIVERSALITY OF LOVE
In 2021 Persona started with a specific research on the universality of love - and sexuality - and its relationship to one's identity and body. In particular conducting research into:
1. monosexuality & polysexuality
2. monofilia & polyfilia
3. monogamy & polygamy
What is it like when the world is experienced, explored, practiced and lived with others instead of individually?
Does that mean love?
According to Aristophanes reason in Plato's Symposium, there used to be three types of humans in the ancient world. One wasn't born either female or male, but as one of the following types: female/female, female/male or male/male. One day, supposedly, an angry Zeus took a knife and cut everyone in half, with the consequence that people spend their whole lives looking for their other half.
Is there really one specific other?
Is it really our goal to find them?
Can love be felt for several people in one lifetime?
Can we still identify with the split beings today and is our identitarian quest for love still so twofold?
For Persona love is something fluid, the energy and tension that arises flows both ways. Inspired by Francesca's words in Dante's Infernus: Amor ch'a nullo amato amar perdona (love that exempts no one from loving in return). Many people suffer from the lack of recognising those feelings, missing out on beautiful, intense and deep connections because they can't perceive themselves in a (romantic, sexual or platonic) relationship with someone who doesn't conform to their sexual identity.
Jonathan De Maeyer, research for the universality of love, 2021