Don't Be My Valentine: Are Couples Becoming a Thing of the Past?

Contemporary culture’s focus on individual satisfaction has made the traditional couple relationship much harder to achieve. With more and people opting to live on their own, is the very idea of couplehood passé?

The Greeks had many myths to help them think about the nature and paradoxes of desire, and two are particularly striking. The first is the myth of Midas, King of Phrygia. Dionysus wants to reward Midas with a gift ‏(because the latter helped the satyr Silenus‏). He asks Midas what he wants, and Midas wishes that everything he touches will turn to gold. Dionysus grants his wish and, as recounted in Ovid’s...