Questions of the Heart

Who would’ve guessed that one could give a piece of her heart away to some man she had never met and merely thought was “hot”, implying she had little respect for him. Yet apparently it can happen. I did it.

One day, I mentioned to my friend how good-looking I thought some actors were. She believed I had seriously fallen for them, and hinted that I shouldn’t say such things. I replied that I couldn’t help it if they were hot. “Hot” is a term I reserve for those I have never met, have little respect for as people, and are extremely good-looking, yet she mentioned that by saying things like that my future husband would only have a tiny, gnawed-on piece of my heart left. Needless to say, this not only seemed illogical to me as I could never give a piece of my heart to someone I’ve never met, but also peaked my curiosity. Where did this idea of “pieces of the heart” come from?

Through the next year or so, I kept hearing about “pieces of the heart”, usually in direct correlation with “emotional purity”. At first, I found the idea rational, as most ideas are. But the more I read, the more it didn’t make sense. Of course it had its valid points, but the logic just wasn’t matching up.

Deciding to sort out my thoughts on paper, the idea for this research paper was born. My goal is not to change minds, nor to attack those who follow the emotional purity movement, rather to share what I have found and to inspire others to think for themselves on this subject. It is with much prayer, thought, and discussion with others that I have written this. Unfortunately, not all points may be covered as thoroughly as I would like, but it should suffice for now. I may recant my position on some of this eventually. However, this is my current decision on emotional purity.

Click here to read the full paper.

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~ by neverxxforsaken on January 25, 2009.

2 Responses to “Questions of the Heart”

  1. Nice. I really like your discussion on heart “pieces.” Have you read Robin Phillip’s The Way of a Man With a Maid? I think you might find it a good resource as you expand the paper.

    http://robinphillips.blogspot.com/2008/11/many-years-ago-i-wrote-book-critiquing.html

  2. Well written. You said a lot of things that I’ve been thinking for some time. It seems like everyone and their cousin is talking about this subject! Your paper is a refreshing change from the norm.

    It also reminded me of this article:

    http://www.nogreaterjoy.org/articles/child-training/parent-child-relations/article-display/archive////cloistered-homeschool-syndrome/?tx_ttnews%5BbackPID%5D=3

    and the follow-up:

    http://www.nogreaterjoy.org/articles/child-training/teens/article-display/archive////patriarchal-dysfunctional-families-part-2/?tx_ttnews%5BbackPID%5D=3

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