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LOVE THROUGH THE LENS OF BIG HISTORY

What do we get about love when a biologist, a historian, a psychologist and a theologian meet? A clash of ideas perhaps? An integration or better discernment? These are four different views, yet after the recently held ‘Sweet Talk’ on Valentine’s Day conducted by the School of Arts and Sciences to introduce Big History to HAU community, it has been proven that these views are equally significant in understanding what love is, among other things.


Big History is a form of pedagogical revolution through presenting the bigger picture of things and challenging students to look at the world from many different perspectives. It’s interplay between different views and bringing different perspectives together in a single framework. In the context of love, for instance, it was amazing how Mr. Philip Joseph Sarmiento, a religion instructor, explained it through the unfailing love of Jesus Christ. Father Nestor Sibug seconded it and described love as being selfless in the context of Psychology; while Mr. Maynard Oronce, a science instructor, discussed extensively how particular hormones have influenced our emotional and social realities in the context of Biology. Mr. Joel Regala, a social science professor, on the other hand incorporated his insights about love as tantamount to nationalism in the field of History.


As the universe becomes increasingly complex, we need to demonstrate a bigger understanding and be analytical about our realities, may that be biological, historical, sociological, psychological, emotional, political, environmental or cultural realities; Including those long-established ones.


Hence, in order to adapt to this changing world and prevent ourselves to be confounded or lost, we need to look for common themes from compartmentalized fields of study like History, Theology, Psychology and Biology to interdisciplinary approach in understanding phenomena, concepts or situations. As Stephen Hawking stated in the movie The Theory of Everything, "there should be no boundaries to human endeavor", includes the pursuit of answers to life's questions.


As such, we need to take a big leap and be open to collective learning; a macro-level kind of learning that Big History aims to provide and accomplish. - Maria Amelia A. Murla


Date Posted: 02-27-2017