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    The Definition of Love
    This is probably a question that has been debated on several occasions, but it has hounded me for quite some time now! In your opinion....
    What is the definition of love?
    What is required for love to exist?
    Personally, I have no short answers for this, and I'm curious to see how other people understand the concept.

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    jo be     Wed, Jan 2, 2008  Permanent link
    love is the key that opens the doors of ego and allows the flux of empathy to be extended to another being—you are not just you any longer.
    Orizyn     Thu, Jan 3, 2008  Permanent link
    Love is the icing on the cake.
    It is a tear from a happy heart.
    Love is life's magic.
    It is willful bondage.
    I think......
    Whatever it is we need more of it.
    pikachu     Thu, Jan 3, 2008  Permanent link
    You both make excellent points! It just seems so much bigger than what anyone is capable of describing sometimes. Everyone knows the feeling, but the connections and the bonds that we make are so intricate and intangible. Love can be the reason an abused woman stays with her husband or the reason a lonely child gets adopted. It can be helpful or hurtful depending upon the people....
    Lateralis     Thu, Jan 3, 2008  Permanent link
    Indeed. Many claim it nothing more than a mere chemical reaction within the brain. But, there seems to be something almost mystical about love, something that slips through the sifting grates of scientific thought and process. Though, I am not sure if it should ever be completely understood; doesn't half the joy of being in love come from the mystery, the uncertainty of what awaits you when you call on the object of your affection?
    TheJehosephat     Thu, Jan 3, 2008  Permanent link
    Lateralis:

    I agree with you very much on the mystery. If there were no mystery if the one you loved, loved you back... would we really love as much? I think that we need some sort of unknown to pursue someone, to really want to get to know them. And on that train of thought; would we want to get to know a person if we already knew that they loved us? You know, actually pursue getting to someone? We would gradually understand one another, but there would be no reason to ask each other questions and discuss each others thoughts. And continuing that thought... would there be any need for a date besides a physical want?
    pikachu     Thu, Jan 3, 2008  Permanent link
    But at the same time, feeling secure is important too. When it pertains to dating, mystery is a big part of the allure, but isn't the point to end up knowing that you are loved by that one person? Isn't that the whole point of reaching out to another human being? In friendships, we are validated through knowing that the other person cares about us. In general, it seems that the goal of love is to give and receive. How long can people be satisfied with the "thrill of the chase"?
    lapisdecor     Fri, Jan 4, 2008  Permanent link
    Is love human? Is love animal? Is love a piece of God hidden in every particle? Is love our need to extend and protect what we recognize close to perfection? I cant say what love is, but I thank the universe for it. Instinctively, love seems to me the solid base to the very existence of intelligent life. A sort of an attractor giving order to the Chaos. Without it, life would be random.
    TheJehosephat     Fri, Jan 4, 2008  Permanent link
    But at the same time, life is random because of love. And does love always cause intelligence?
     
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