Originally posted by Raideur
Well Dr. Strangecraft...
Is there anything more to your so called love than a physical and emotional attraction to each other?
A great deal more.
But there are a couple of other questions to be answered:
1. Am I able to express the "essence of love" into English so as to communicate it to you?
2. IF I could communicate it, would you automatically be convinced, just because you'd read it on BTS???
The point of my perhaps overheated rhetoric was to remind us all that you can never prove a negative assertion about existence. Let's say we're
arguing about ghosts, and you believe in them and I don't. How will I ever disprove the existence of ghosts? Even if I invent a ghost detector and
leave it running in a cemetery for 5 years. A negative result wont prove
there are no ghosts. The meter might be defective. Maybe they are
simply no ghosts in my home town, etc.
The real problem with "love" is that you are demanding objective descriptors of a subjective state. I am saying it has value for me. You are
saying it has no value at all, and that I'm being deceived. See, you are asserting how I "ought" to feel about my own personal experiences.
That's just a tad imperialistic of you, isn't it???
What if love is
"just" an emotion? Does that negate its value? Perhaps, if you happen to be a vulcan. What if love is "merely" a
chemical chain reaction in your head? Does the fact render it useless? quite the contrary.
I say love is spiritual. And like the police, I say that "we are spirits . . . in the material world . . ."
If the chemo-emotional nature of love renders it ludicrous in the eyes of a materialist, then all I can say is that you, sir (or madam), are
ridiculous as well.
since by materialistic standards, you yourself consist of nothing else but a bag of emotions and chemical reactions.
Personally, I believe that love is a great deal more than chemicals, or the idea of reciprocity, that I am actually just serving my own interests. As
someone else pointed out, those firemen and construction workers in New York City on September 11, 2001 ran up and into
a burning building
which they were positive would collapse. Why?
Or flight 93, which was flying over rural pennsylvania. They realized that the terrorists planned to crash the plane. But once you realize your
gonna die, why do you care which piece of real estate your plane crashes into? If you are about to cease to exist, isn't all that just
When you say 'love doesn't exist for me,' you are welcome to your sentiment. But when you say, "love doesn't exist for you either," you are
being an emotional imperialist, and putting yourself in the business of determining what other people ought to feel.