I immediately started using Heloise to refer to my wife (so as to not anger the queen). However, I only recently accepted the name Abelard for myself during my recent blog makeover (considering that a name like Bud or Billy Jo Bob would be more befitting my simple nature). A discussion ensued over my new name in comments section of a recent blog entry. I was aware that there was, apparently, a rather unseemly and messy end to love affair between Abelard and Heloise; although, I had not bothered to research the details. However, I became a bit alarmed when the great -L- pointed out that, in the end, Abelard had been castrated.
So, I decided to do some research into the lives of Abelard and Heloise.
Abelard was a
French theologian and philosopher best known for his solution of the problem of universals and for his original use of dialectics. He is also known for his poetry and for his celebrated love affair with Héloïse.
Abelard put forth the idea that universals exist a thoughts based on the particulars of things, in contrast to the idea that only things exist and the idea that only classes exist. Abelard also suggested in Ethica that intent is the criterion by which one ought to judge sin because a deed by itself is neutral.
As it turns out, the story of Abelard and Heloise is quite tragic (and, yes, does involve the aforementioned castration). During my research, I have also discovered
- a website abelard.org
- A poem titled Eloisa to Abelard.
I am a simple man and I trust my friends in the Mormon Queerosphere. Although, I also realize that this could end up being the virtual equivalent of a "kick me" sign stuck on the back of my shirt - an experience I am all too familiar with from my youth :)
So, I ask my fellow gaymonites, MoHo's, and members of the queerosphere:
- Do I keep my new name?
- Or do I appeal to the Queen of the Queerosphere that she reconsider my moniker?