What is Love?

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Diana Hignutt

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Wasn't sure where to ask this...it has philosophical, political, biological, scientific, religious, and sociological undertones, really. But, this seems the best place to me. If a mod disagrees, move it to whereever you deem best. No problems.

So, what is Love? Is it a change in consciousness caused by involuntary hormonal production...a chemical illusion of feeling? Is it something that exists in some Platonic idea state, a higher emotion that takes control of consciousness? Is it the height of humanity, or a lingering misunderstanding of lust that dooms us to jealousy and violence? Is it some diety's or the universe's itself's longing for unity? Does consciousness itself exist in another dimension (as some of the new physics might suggest) and love is thereby a function of this extra-dimensionality?

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Whether it's just a chemical reaction, or instinctive, or spiritual, or what have you, I don't really mind.
It just is.
 

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What... is... Love?

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Is there really such a thing?
 

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Love is not a noun; it's a verb.

As the country song goes "It's something that we do."

But I see what you mean Diana. I think it can be a noun also. I have love for my husband...but I also actively love him through the way I live my every day life.

It's a feeling that I literally feel fill up my heart, or my chest. When I focus on it, it's so filling that it's hard to breathe.

But I love through hugging my stepdaughter, teaching her, reading to her, holding her hand, putting her needs before my own every single day...
 

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So, what is Love? Is it a change in consciousness caused by involuntary hormonal production...a chemical illusion of feeling? Is it something that exists in some Platonic idea state, a higher emotion that takes control of consciousness? Is it the height of humanity, or a lingering misunderstanding of lust that dooms us to jealousy and violence? Is it some diety's or the universe's itself's longing for unity? Does consciousness itself exist in another dimension (as some of the new physics might suggest) and love is thereby a function of this extra-dimensionality?

What say you?

I say that it's all those things, and probably more, and the English language is vastly incompentent for having only one word to encompass the entire realm of love and loving.
 

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I say that it's all those things, and probably more, and the English language is vastly incompentent for having only one word to encompass the entire realm of love and loving.

See? This has been my argument for years. That's why I don't really believe "love" is all there is. I use the word love because there IS no other word. I say we invent more.
 

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How long has it been since the English language mugged the Greek language? Or was that a seduction? I don't remember, it's been so very long.
 

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In accordance with my new avatar: Love is never having to say you're sorry.

I don't know who wrote that line, but they were dreaming.
 

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Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind
Therefore wing'e Cupid is painted blind.
 

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Wasn't sure where to ask this...it has philosophical, political, biological, scientific, religious, and sociological undertones, really. But, this seems the best place to me. If a mod disagrees, move it to whereever you deem best. No problems.

So, what is Love? Is it a change in consciousness caused by involuntary hormonal production...a chemical illusion of feeling?
What say you?

Chemicals aren't illusory. If the chemistry is there so is the love. Voluntary hormonal production would be the more illusory/masturbatory
version of love. Love is that involuntary chemical explosion in the brain
that completely recenters motivation on a single other person.
 

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The Greeks made nice distinctions among eros, philia, and agape--there should be different words to describe the feeling for a lover vs that for one's friends or one's community.
 
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