Opinion | The Canon

On love

Surely, there are no truths universally acknowledged at Columbia. Even if any such truths exist, they are probably not about love.

As a humble editor of a college daily, I am in no position to be dispensing Austenian advice on love. But neither are any of these authors.

More than anything, the authors are themselves the matters of their works, and though you may find such subjects vain and frivolous, it would not be unreasonable to spend your leisure on them.

Every week The Canon features nothing more than personal perspectives, writing in which the authors are their own subject matter. Asking open-ended questions focusing on timeless topics begs for partial and personal answers.

We will not come any closer to understanding love, just as we have not come closer to understanding any other subject previously featured in The Canon. But as I said in our very first issue, the value is in the discussion and I am merely providing a venue.

For one last time, I am providing a venue.

So farewell.

Lanbo Zhang
Editorial Page Editor


"What is love at Columbia?"

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Anonymous posted on

A wonderful sendoff!

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Anonymous posted on

We miss you already, Lanbo!

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Christopher O'Connor posted on

"We shall not, then, speak about one's coming into debt by receiving love. No, it is the one who loves who is in debt; because he is aware of being gripped by love, he perceives this as being in infinite debt" (Kierkegaard, 172) Kierkegaard, Søren. Works of love. New York: HarperPerennial, 2009.

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Anonymous posted on

What a well-crafted letter! Thanks, Lanbo

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