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Nah, thats not unconditional love. Thats stupid.. suicide by home invasion if you decide to live in such an absurd way.
I mean its not a bad thing to work toward it, but to claim you love unconditionally.. well I really feel its dishonest.
originally posted by: Dark Ghost
Even people that claim to love unconditionally, actually love conditionally.
"I love my children unconditionally!" - No, you love them because they are your children.
originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
Yes, I love unconditionally no matter who you are. I may not like some people but that doesn't mean I don't love them.
Love is the key to solving all of our problems, if we loved one another there would be no murder or war, there would be no lies because people would treat others as they would want to be treated. This is why Jesus put so much emphasis on love, because he knew it was and still is the thing that could correct everything wrong with this world.
Emulate Jesus, don't worship him. Be love and everything else will fall into place.
originally posted by: kaylaluv
a reply to: Krazysh0t
I think we have a different definition of unconditional love. To me, it means feeling a loving feeling for someone, no matter what the circumstances. That doesn't mean that you never get frustrated or angry at their actions. It means you don't just walk away from them and "write them off" forever.
To me, it also doesn't mean you spoil your children. Because I love my child, I want her to grow up self-sufficient, healthy, happy and productive. That means I have to teach her how to be self-sufficient, so she will be healthy, happy and lead a productive life. After all, I won't always be around to do everything for her. If I did spoil her and provide everything for her, when I died, she would be lost and miserable. How would that prove I love her? I want her to be able to live just fine without me, because as statistics show, she will probably outlive me.
The examples with dogs just doesn't do it for me. Dogs don't have the reasoning capability that we have - they're not too good at logic ("you don't feed me, therefore you are not worth loving" or "you killed my baby, therefore I will now hate you forever"). A little baby would be the same way. It will still reach out for it's mother, even if the mother withheld food for a few days. That's not necessarily unconditional love - that's just inability to think it through to a logical conclusion.
Again, point on. We, with some exceptions, are human beings. Not totally one, not totally the other. The human body is a set of limitations in our abilities and gifts. We, are not perfect. Some of us know of our inner self while others only speculate or know nothing of it. Most people live in the human while others try to live the being inside. The "Being" side, at times, can see beyond the physical limitations of our reality. And to add to it, if Karma and reincarnation are true, we human beings come with predefined, preloaded, emotional "Baggage".
I don't think unconditional love is even possible for humans
originally posted by: BlueMule
a reply to: AfterInfinity
If you try to abuse me or offend me, I may or may not kick the crap out of you, depending on certain variables. Either way, I will continue to love myself and you.
'Love, and do as you will' -St Augustine
originally posted by: FlyersFan
I don't think I've ever seen more than three people in my entire life who have practiced unconditional love towards everyone.
originally posted by: Asktheanimals
if you can't make a constructive criticism to someone's art please don't tear it down.
Maybe you know what it's like to have somebody trash your work - it's devastating.
Some people can't even try again after getting those kinds of comments.
(in fact that's why most people don't do art as adults - somebody has already destroyed their faith in themselves)
ATS is a community. We shouldn't treat each other like strangers.
We should support each other, not knock each other down.
There are plenty of very talented artists on ATS.
originally posted by: AfterInfinity
originally posted by: Kali74
a reply to: FlyersFan
That's not unconditional love. That's a mixed up person with dependency issues. Unconditional love doesn't mean taking abuse or crap from others.
Actually, that's exactly what it means. Unconditional is unconditional.
originally posted by: Serdgiam
I think one of the biggest tragedies of recent history is the amalgamation of several different experiences into one single word; "love."
The amount of confusion about the different experiences involved seemed to be continually muddied by the idea of the base emotion.
I was curious though, if anyone reading this thread is knowledgeable about it.. Does any currently used modern language discern between the different experiences like some ancient languages did?
15 Different Kinds of Love:
Infatuation- loving feelings towards a love object that are largely based upon fantasy and idealization (instead of experience). Often when partners get to know each other, infatuation diminishes.
Romantic Love- An abiding love for a partner with whom you feel passion, attraction, caring and respect.
Eros- a passionate love usually involving sexual feelings for a love interest.
Companionate Love- feelings of warmth towards a friend with whom you love to spend time
Unconditional Love- A type of affection and caring that is so strong that you feel it consistently, regardless of what that other person does
Conditional Love- A love that requires specific action or conditions in order to be maintained. For example, at its extreme, a parent who gives very conditional love would only love his child when he gets straight A’s, becomes a surgeon and has two children. The love is based on outside conditions and when they do not occur, the love is withdrawn.
Puppy Love- A childish, innocent temporary crush on someone that you don’t know well.
Maternal Love- This term usually connotes love that is nurturing, accepting and protective. In actuality this love can also be given by a father etc.
Paternal Love- This term connotes love that involves guidance and some authority. Paternal love usually prepares a child to be ready for the outside world. Again, in reality this type of love is not gender specific.
Soulmate Love- This type of love is described as a love that has survived multiple life times. Not everyone believes in this concept.
Spiritual/Divine Love- This type of love recognizes the Divine light in everyone and everything. Love is given to everyone as an act of loving God.
Love of your country or patriotism- This is love for the place you live or the place that were born. It is a type of loyalty and a special feeling of belonging that you attribute to that specific geographic location.
Self-Love- This is a positive feeling that you have about who you are and what you deserve. It often is expressed by treating yourself well, respecting yourself, wanting yourself to be happy and expecting others to respect you too.
Brotherly Love- This term connotes having a feeling of love for your neighbor, because all humanity is considered to be part of a larger family of human beings.
Tough Love- This term is used to describe a love that is expressed by setting boundaries for the good of the other person. So for example, a parent may send their teenager to rehab if he is drug addicted, even if he does not want to go. They feel that this is an act of love because it stems from a desire for their son’s ultimate good and happiness.