Liz Flock (Ep. 43): What’s love got to do with it?

Liz Flock (Ep. 43): What’s love got to do with it?

Liz Flock is a reporter for the PBS NewsHour and the author of The Heart is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai. Liz showed up in Mumbai at the age of 21, with no friends, no job, and $100 in her pocket. The story follows three couples in Mumbai where globalization and a growing middle class are budding up against traditions of caste and religion, pitting a newfound sense of agency for many Indian women against a patriarchal system. These couples navigate issues such as mental health, infidelity, divorce, and even the proliferation of pornography. For Westerners, it’s an opportunity to question our hyper-individualistic natures and the pursuit of happiness as a singular goal. Liz and I have a broader discussion around love: Is a couple’s natural tendency a drift apart or a pull towards one another? Do we have a mismatch between our expectations and reality? And what lessons can we take from Liz’s eight year study on marriage?

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Links Referenced

  • Happiness = Reality - Expectations (Tim Urban and Khe's takes)
  • The Good Men Project on male touch isolation
  • [amazon_textlink asin='1455566381' text='Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging' template='ProductLink' store='khemaridhhy0a-20' marketplace='US' link_id='bd9a69dc-3e96-11e8-ba8d-c179322d9b4b'] by Sebastien Junger

On marriage/companionship

“The couple that eats together stays together.”

“Marriage is 10,000 dinners.”

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