I thought we already had an AO Love Thread. >_> Guess it's just not that appealing.
Well, I think love is real. And it takes a lot if you know a lot.
The more you know about mental issues and chemical imbalances within the body itself... and the longer you haven't felt TRUE love, and the more you've been heartbroken... all that added together makes Love seem like just a myth.
I'm not gonna' lie to ya', I know how the "feelings" of love can be produced and they often lead people into thinking of foolish, non-sensible things. I know how illogical love can be, and how illogical it is itself. Love itself doesn't seem to make sense if you take it all in by logic. Its reasonings and its very existence is just as boggling and such a farce as any religion.
I mean, it is one thing to think of "wanting" and "yearning" and "choosing your partner", but a whole new thing to be "needing" and "breaking" and "something beyond other emotions"... and even more ridiculous with "crying" and "dying" and "the only reason to live".
Happiness, sadness, and etc... such easy emotions to pinpoint. But love? I mean, the human body can send of hormones and such for feelings of mating and selfishness, but... the abstract idea of how people describe love?
Sure, we can easily classify what the "butterfly feeling" is, and what the "swooning" and "weak knees" problems are. We can easily jot down a clear answer over obsessiveness and dependence for a person. It's not too hard to figure out "love at first sight".
All of these are easy! Like, REALLY easy. It's in our body, it's obvious. And you know what we call it? : "Infatuation".
One of the main components of "puppy love".
Yet... there's more to it, isn't there?
We can easily describe other types of love... such as things in our genes, traumas in our heads, even the feeling of "DUTY"... all this is almost impossibly easy, because it's happened many times before, and many people misunderstood it.
Yet... there's more to it, isn't there?
What about true love?
Not the insanity of dead-on infatuation.
Not the gratitude of a friend.
Not the yearning of a mother/father figure.
Not the sweetness of a younger sibling.
Not the ridiculous pity care.
Not the trust of a partner.
Not the fun of an enemy.
Not even the "love that breaks down all walls".
All these aren't true love, but are found inside it.
How about the love that's lasted 80 years? How through all those years, they've stayed together and never once cheated on each other, and even still find a fascination with their every look, action, and appeal?
That's true love.
Where even to this day, they wake up and find the other beautiful.
Where they still have the same charm in their eyes for each other.
Oh, they DO fight and they're not always kissing and smooching... but the fact that their relationship has stayed the same and grew stronger through the years: That's true love.
They still remember their puppy love years, and still remember their raunchy sexual fantasy years, and even remember their troubled times that endangered their relationships...
But they evolved from that. They sowed the seed of love, and through every weather and every predator and threat: It has grown and become much stronger... almost impossibly stronger.
That's true love. And it can't be explained by science, and human-relation-psychology claim it shouldn't have lasted this long ( call it a "freak accident" )... according to these standards, this type of love should have ended, and they should only see each other as "life partners" with a hint of love. They believe that at this point the love should have been transferred onto the children.
...and do you know why? Relationships aren't magically perfect. It isn't the same thing day-in-and-day-out. You can't EXPECT a relationship to stay that way. And time and history has proven that "true love" is an IMPOSSIBILITY. And henceforth, studies show the same thing.
...a relationship is hard to nurture, but it can form into true love. You can't expect it to grow itself.
As a couple, as a team, as friends, as enemies, as neighbors, as siblings, as the other's parents, and as strangers: It is your job to nurture this love, if either of you aren't willing to give this relationship a 100% commitment, then expect it to fail just like every other couple out there in the universe.
So yes, I do believe in love. I 100% believe in it and protect it.
Oh, and one more thing: Just because you're together doesn't mean you still truly love each other. You may just like each other or even just the simple "love" each other.
Being together is nothing more than that: Being together.