But except for this final scene, we had an argument with my mom, whether Anna did right leaving her husband and son for the count Vrosnki, to whom she had suddenly fallen in love with. My mom insisted that Anna did right, and that for such a deep love, everything else in the world should be secondary. In her opinion, a family relation that is based only on joint wealth, or material interest, or even on joint children, is a very weak foundation and is not worth to sacrifice a really strong love for.
I don”t have this idea of a unique value of an ideal love, and that it represents something so extraordinary to neglect material wealth and a social status. I could not understand how Anna Karenina left behind her easy and convenient life in the upper society, material safety provided by her rich husband and the aristocratic family. For me it was hard to understand that she gave it all up to follow Vronski into an unknown future, only for the sake of love. Therefore, I
consider Anna Karenina a males phantasy. And it is now surprise that Leo Tolstoj wrote it while he had lots of hussle with his wife. Sure he dreamed of woman following only the voice of love, and not the temptation of material safety when they choose a partner. But thats not how usual woman feel. In the first instance, we are looking for somebody who can provide us with a safe haven for a long time. Love is secondary. Therefore, the hype and the mystery around Anna Karenina became so long-lasting because what she did was against normal femal behaviour, whatever sociologists and femal-right activists want to tell us.
But there are exceptions, of course. And for me the best example is my mom. At least now, after her own experiences with husbands and lovers, she would clearly opt for an unconditioned love.
Hi Mrs. F. my Dear,
For sure, what you wrote about the female quest for material safety is more in agreement with sociologists theories, but also what is known from animal behaviour. So traditionally and in a large scale in society, woman do perhaps always look for a partner that provides best guarantee for a secure life. But there are also many famous examples where woman following an unconditioned love became very happy. Or do you think that this hunt for the supreme love will never end ?
But so will the hunt for material wealth. I think the fairy-tale about the fisher and his wife is known not just in Germany, but in Sweden as well. Like therein, hunting the whole life for nothing more than wealth will leave you at the end unsatisfied.
I liked your observations about the benefical effect of crying, that it will relieve you of stress. I have not tried it on myself, but very well remember when our son was still very young, and sometimes he had stress at the evening, was somehow unhappy about something, and did not want to sleep. I than use to slap him very gentle, not to hurt him, just to make him cry. It appeared, that after crying some minutes, he became very calm and sleepy. A pediatrician later explained me that through the tears the body can get rid of stress hormones like adrenalin or cortison.
Thats probably what your mom knew instinctively, when she insisted to view the Anna Karenina movie. Mrs. F., I hope so much that you don”t need tears to get rid of stress hormones. I remember that during your MSc project you have been very good of managing stress by other means.
Take Care, my Dear