What is Love?

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Great hope's picture
What is Love?

We don't always have to talk about God or no God, do we? I think love just might be the most misused word in the world yet it's the most sought after. Does love even exist? Does it have to be unconditional to be true? Is love something that's felt? Or is love something that you give?

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arakish's picture
An action. rmfr

An action.

rmfr

Tin-Man's picture
Question of the day.....
arakish's picture
How did I know that you would

How did I know that you would be the one to post that? That is why I left it.

Love is nothing more than an action.

You could say, "I love you" all day long everyday. But when it comes down to it, love is what you are most willing and pleased to do for others. And for no other reason than you want to do that action. Period. Exclamation Point!

rmfr

Tin-Man's picture
@Arakish

@Arakish

Hey, just trying to bring back some of the early 90's... *chuckle*... That one was one of my favorites.... *grin*...

LostLocke's picture
I should have known someone

I should have known someone would have to bring that song up. :P

Then, I'll throw in the version I liked a lot better....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98Q23i_ODKo

Terraphon's picture
Define "love"

Define "love"

Cognostic's picture
Another Red Herring - "Is

Another Red Herring - "Is love something that's felt? Or is love something that you give?" False Dichotomy. How do you categorize love and pretend you are talking about something. Love is emotional attachment and it comes in an extremely wide range. It can even be argued that "Hate" is love. You have to care about something enough to hate it. If it did not matter to you, you would have no emotional reaction to whatever it was.

Evolutionary is it s bonding mechanism that helps human beings form all manner of relations. It has been bread into our genes. Humans incapable of attachment / love tend not to fit into society, clans, tribes, communities, and have long been exiled, incarcerated or killed. In all cases, this prevents procreation, and so those who have the ability to bond and care are perpetuated. In a very real way, it was the human ability to bond, care for one another, love, that facilitated our survival.

Pirate Jack's picture
I am beginning to believe you

I am beginning to believe you might be a genius.

Cognostic's picture
Not likely, but even if so,

Not likely, but even if so, only one of many on this site and not in any way at the top.

Old man shouts at clouds's picture
Love has many definitions

Love has many definitions from "zero/nothing" to sexual attraction, to lifelong partnership, to selfless actions that benefit humanity, to an emotional response, to a familial connection. to a preference and more.

It is a wonderful plastic word because whichever context it used it is immediately understood by english speakers in its contextual framework. Not many others can be used like that.

Love is also a word than is seldom used as a play on words even though its multiple contextual meanings would normally lend itself to every comedy writer's pen...but it is seldom, if ever, used in comic dialogue.

That is love GH. What you beat your meat over is a gross narcissism..and guess what? We all understand that in the context you use.

Can't beat love. It's the best word ever.

Randomhero1982's picture
What is Love?

What is Love?

Baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me... no more...

Tin-Man's picture
@Random

@Random

Ha ha! Beat you to it!... (see my first post in this thread)... *giggle*...

doG's picture
Damn it...thats why I came on

Damn it...thats why I came on this thread.

Cognostic's picture
Some say love, it is a river

Some say love, it is a river that drowns the tender need
Some say love it is a razor, that leads your soul to bleed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5GOCq3lhg4

Tin-Man's picture
Love, love me do....

Love, love me do....
You know I love you...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Au_QW5MJNI

Algebe's picture
@Great Hope: What is Love?

@Great Hope: What is Love?

The English word "Love" is too wide a word. Greek has agápe, éros, philía, and storgē, depending on the context. We cover all of that spectrum with just four letters. So without context, your question is meaningless.

Sometimes we give love. Sometimes we receive love. Sometimes we even make love.

All we know for sure, from the words of the prophets, is that money can't buy you love. But can love can buy you money? Just ask Melania.

Skeptical Kevin's picture
Love is what we call chemical

Love is what we call chemical interactions in the brain that cause us to feel attraction to others and protective of our genetic relatives. It is what causes us to want to attract a mate and then protect any children we have even at great expense to ourself. It's a result of evolution ensuring we pass on our DNA to children and then protect those children so they can do the same.

But then, I'm a romantic.

Randomhero1982's picture
True love, surely that is

True love, surely that is when you impregnate a random girl without her consent with your zombie hybrid son...

Cognostic's picture
Rabdingeri1982: I'm

Rabdingeri1982: I'm starting to like you. Hope you hang around. Tin Man's comedy relief is sooooo old hat!

Randomhero1982's picture
Sure I will and I'm even

Sure I will and I'm even considering changing my username to Rabdingeri pmsl!!!

doG's picture
Love, is a chemical reaction

Love, is a chemical reaction to the person that elicits the response. Your brain is awesome! The bad part is that after repeated firing, the feeling becomes muted. It does not mean that you have fallen out of love with that person. It means your brain is now accustomed to that person.

Cognostic's picture
The difference between love

The difference between love and herpes is that love does not last forever.
Follow your brain. Your heart is stupid as shit.

A LOVE STORY:
One day Adam was meandering around the garden in deep thought.
God noticed Adam and said, "My son, what's wrong?"
"Well God," said Adam, "I have been thinking."
"Thinking about what?"
"Well, I was wondering why you made Eve so beautiful."
"That's easy Adam," said God, "I made her that way so you would fall in love with her."
"Oh! Okay, I see.... But God?"
"Yes Adam."
"Why did you make Eve so stupid?"
"Adam, I made her that way so she would fall in love with you."

Terraphon's picture
I wonder, wonder...

I wonder, wonder...

WOOOOOOAH...

Who wrote the book of loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove

Diotrephes's picture
Love =

Love =
Candi Staton - Young Hearts Run Free 1976 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvW4LWjUWkE

Tin-Man's picture
@Dio Re: Vid link

@Dio Re: Vid link

Holy hell! I was beginning to wonder if she was EVER gonna start singing! lol

Fallen's picture
Love is that nagging feeling

Love is that nagging feeling that leads to euphoric dopamine bursts and bitter regret.

doG's picture
"...and bitter regret." LMAO

"...and bitter regret."

LMAO

Stone Jade's picture
I've often been annoyed by

I've often been annoyed by how much weight is given to the word "love." It's a made-up word, and debating it's meaning doesn't seem important to me. Having a conversation about the ways in which we can care for each other sounds much more valuable.

Rather, we could discuss:
What kindness can we show to support each other?
Are we willing to stand up boldly in defense of others, even if it brings personal risk?
How much are we willing to sacrifice for the good of others?
Do we show the same care to ourselves that we show to others?
How generous can we be?
Do we have the wisdom to listen quietly when needed, and speak clearly when it's helpful?
And a myriad of other actions that support the well-being of humankind. This seems far more impactful and important than a debate about the definition of a made-up word.

Sheldon's picture
"What is Love?"

"What is Love?"

A 16 week course of penicillin if you're not careful.

Old man shouts at clouds's picture
So where is the love guru GH

So where is the love guru GH in all this? Done a runner?

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