(CNET) -- We are approaching the stage of civilization when people are becoming more tolerant of each other's objects of affections.
The question some philosophers are asking, though, is: "What if that object is an object?"
I confess to have occasionally felt a frisson of affection for inanimate things. They might have been
cars, clothes, or the British when they speak.
However, I have never really considered what it would be like to have
an exclusive relationship with something that doesn't talk back,
breathe, snore, or tell me to put on a tie.
I therefore thank Gawker for matchmaking me with the latest in Logo TV's "What!?" documentaries.
This movie features people who are besotted with various mechanical and technological constructions.
For example, if I told you that Linda Ducharme of Gibsonton, Florida said: "It was like
something pulling me, there was a tug," what might you think she was
Well, it was a Ferris wheel called the Sky Diva. This is a Ferris
wheel she called Bruce. She's allowed to do that, because she married
it. Um, him. And in the show Linda renews her vows.
She also feeds Bruce pizza.
There's a gentleman who explains the quest for love is very human, but he happened to find it with his car.
You're wondering if there's a woman who's in love with the Eiffel
Tower, aren't you? As a matter of fact, yes. There's also one who is at
one with Lady Liberty.
"When you're in love with the object, you become at one with the
object," explained a woman who used to be in the military and on the US
national archery team, but now Cupid's arrow has pierced her and
directed her to buildings.
The phenomenon is known as objectum sexuality. It is based on the idea
of animism, that suggests objects have a spiritual essence.
The whole show might make you question the meaning of life, love, and even sanity.
The gentleman in love with his car calls himself a "mechaphile." He
underlines this is not about some twisted physical relationship with his
car. "I think that's gross," he said.
It's far too easy to laugh at these people, to decide they must be actors, or to wonder whether they are entirely sane.
Still, you might know a few people who seem to be more in love with
their gaming consoles or their iPhones than they are with anyone human.
When you read that
1 in 10 Americans use their smartphones during sex, a practice enjoyed
by 20 percent of young adults, perhaps you might begin to decide that
Ferris wheel-lovers are singular pioneers.
When the Singularity comes, we will all be free to express our love for objects.
Of course, by then, we'll largely be objects ourselves too.
Written by Chris Matyszczyk, CNET News
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