In Yann Dall’Aglio’s defining love speech, he defines the love of an individual as another desiring conscience who is able to conceive someone else as another desirable being. According to Dall’Aglio, love is, therefore, the desire of being desired.
Dall’Aglio mentions the eternal problem of love and how one remains in the state of being desirable. He illustrates that in order to be valued in a society or community, one must play a specific societal role or part that conforms to the hierarchy of society.
In his speech, Dall’Aglio also mentions a phenomenon that took place in the 13th century: modernity. This phenomenon has led to a global identity crisis caused by the elimination of traditional thought and values, such as the rationalization of scientific research, political democratization, economic rationalization and trade liberalization. By getting rid of all the traditional bearings of western society, this frees up individuals in valuing and devaluing attitudes, choices and objects.
Through the elimination of traditional values, this leads to individuals’ values being undermined, which, in turn, leads them to obsess over the desire of being desired.