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    What is love????

    Some say its shows in your actions while others believe its a feeling

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    Can't it be both?

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    Not really! LOVE shows in your actions
    This is how the other person come to know that you love them

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    What is love????

    That's a clever game. You wait to see the answer given and then decide the response. Caught me out, it did

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    I came to the conclusion that love is enjoyment, and enjoyment is learning and learning is surprise. Love is being surprised.

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    Well, the concept of LOVE has always been a very broad one, in my humble mind.
    There is the love of coffee (or whatever your pleasure is)
    There is the love of your pet dog (or whatever pet you have in your life)
    There is the love of solitude in nature,
    There is the love of you to your parents/family
    and ... there is the love of your soul mate, one whom you commit a lifetime to.

    So..... having said all this, what is LOVE? It covers enjoyment (coffee), it covers a deep feeling of affection (your family or pet, etc.) ...

    If we are speaking of LOVE in the sense of finding a soul mate and joining two lives as one, well, then LOVE is bliss. LOVE is commitment. LOVE is acceptance. LOVE is dependable.... I could go on and on.

    Anyhow, them's my thoughts on the subject.
    Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty
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    I think the easy part of the definition is all the good, wonderful stuff, from deep fascination to euphoria. The hard part of the definition is that a true love would give up everything to save the beloved. There are a million definitions for "give up everything" (including to die) and "save," but the idea is that it is selfless action, perhaps unfathomably selfless action.

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    Given brain research on sexuality there is an individual component of love that comes prior to culture. It is important to acknowledge this so one can go beyond it. That it depends on chemical sources of pleasure as well as pain implies that we have some free will. Our species tries to guide our free will by making sure that enough of us reproduce, hence this carrot-stick chemical motivation in our brain toward how we express some aspects of love.

    Some would say the individual, isolated brain is all there is to love, but I think the brain is only an epiphenomenon of love. Love is beyond the individual, even the group viewed as an aggregate of individuals. It manifests itself as individuals who have the ability to act and feel love as their bodies permit. This universal mind comes first, individuals (of various species) second. As individuals we participate in this universal mind/love and we love to the extent our bodies permit us to.

    This also motivates us to participate in, as well as resist, group activities. That leads to evolutionary change. This makes what is referred to as “natural selection” also an epiphenomenon of this universal mind/love.

    Just some thoughts, trying to tie together different perspectives I've been looking at lately.

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    Love is God's drug to keep us from being monsters.

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    If so, it doesn't work very well.

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    You need to find a better dealer.

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    Ah, but there is no other. Which makes me think it is our responsibility to kill the monsters in our own hearts and turn ourselves to God's love. Opiates are for *sses not masses.

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    You cannot escape drugs. everything is a drug. anything that has an effect on you is a drug. God is a living narcotic. Self aware heroin.

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    Do you know this from personal experience?

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    It is from logic that I stretched like a piece of chewing gum.

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