The Manifesto of Democratic Love

Love is the most complex unification/combination of feelings that one has towards another. However, the unification/combination of feelings should be expressed on the basis of philosophical & political/ideological context in order to exchange & give the meaning of feelings with true & real senses. That’s what makes the difference between “loves”. Most people are contended with the illusion of love as they are only able to define what they feel. But long-term & true love needs more than definition. That’s why they can only exist in a sophisticatedly & well-explained philosophical & political/ideological grounds.

In this regard, the concept of democratic love strictly refuses the types or ways of love which simultaneously disregard the unity of mind & heart or prefers one over another. Basically, the concept of democratic love is the call for radical expression of selfless attitude towards life & society which would embrace the all aspects of life then eventually evolve into real renunciant love towards not only partner but everything.

This concept can break the hegemony of individualism/selfishness through replacing the idea of “owning/having” with “loving”. Again, this concept can able to break the hierarchy of gender by radically updating the role of partners based on their political/social status. Love on this basis may enable both partners to create a strong sense of oneness/togetherness. Lastly, I wish everyone Happy Valentine’s Day with the hope that you will able to find true partner in the age of soulless bodies, heartless passions, mindless feelings and senseless relations!

About the Author
Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Gurkan is an Oxford BA (Hons) graduated and pursuing a double master's in International Political Economy at Warwick & Strategic Studies at NTU in Singapore. He is also a published poet.