Is Solar on Solar, sexual or romantic relationships, weird?

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/9/2017
Originally posted by Ferryman View Post

Good god that is a bleak point of view. Fortunately I don't think the themes of Exalted support it in the least.
It's an issue that comes up in real life (sans the "immortal" part) when falling in love with someone who is significantly older or who suffers from a terminal illness.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/9/2017
Originally posted by Ferryman View Post
Oh I know. But people still do that, don't they? They don't just decide "Oh I'm not going to love this person because it won't last forever." After all, Ayesha Ura's decision to do something similar has been previously cited as an example of exceptionally alienating and abnormal behavior.

My understanding of the body of myth-narratives that form the foundations of Exalted is that mortal endeavors are not portrayed as pointless simply because people die, and relationships are not to be avoided just because they will eventually end. I recently lost a beloved pet. He had been my constant companion for about twelve years. It was absolutely devastating. Yet, I knew when I adopted him that I would outlive him. That, and the knowledge that his eventual passage would be painful, didn't stop me from loving him as much as I did. I still feel broken, yes, but what I wanted was more time with him, not less. I wouldn't go back and avoid the pain by avoiding the love that makes it hurt so keenly now.

I know that my wife could be hit by a bus tomorrow. One of us is going to endure the death of the other at some point, it's true, but that won't stop us from loving each other now. That's crazy talk.

The idea that one should only invest in forever because anything less is pointless strikes me as just as absurd in Exalted as it does in real life. It ignores all the complexities of real human experience in favor of a one-dimensional fear of loss. I can only imagine an Exalted character that adheres to such a philosophy as being the opposite of heroic: an object lesson in futility, tragedy, and nihilism. I suppose you could sketch out a half-decent Abyssal antagonist from that, but only for the sake of roundly defeating him and consigning his loathsome philosophy to the ash-heap.
Oh, yes. To be clear, I was agreeing with your original post, and I agree with all of this as well — except for the intensity of the last couple of sentences, where I am inclined to Isator's perspective.