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It is doubtful that love is actually an emotion and is more likely a state of mind. An ideal by which we as humans too often confuse with emotion. Consider the love for ones own child. This child can engender many different emotions, such as joy, anger, fear, dread, guilt, and pride but at all times the ideal of love remains constant. Unless, of course, there is no love for that child to begin with. To truly love that child means to accept everything about that child. Take the good with the bad and love that child still.
The same principle holds for ones mate or parents or siblings. All sorts of emotions can be and will be felt while loving somebody, but if it is truly love then regardless of the emotions a person feels, that love will remain constant. At least as constant as the commitment behind that love is. The confusion of love is no greater than when we mistake our lust or need for companionship with love. Often times we enter into a sexual relationship with a mate that is predicated on a trade; "I'll love you if you love me." This is not love and when one say's to the other; "I love you" what they really mean is "I trade you...I will trade you my need to be emotionally secure with you, for your need to be emotionally secure with me and as long as there remains an even exchange between us we can call this love." But that is not love, it is something else.
We don't barter for love we just do and we love unconditionally or its not love we are experiencing but something else. When we love another person we accept all that comes with loving that person even if it means letting go of that person and acknowledging that they are free to love us or not, to be with us or not, regardless we love them because it is the postulate we have made. There is perhaps, no postulate more powerful than love and once we make such a postulate it is difficult to unmake it.
Originally posted by Mr Headshot
The source of love?
If you believe in God, then it's God.
If not, then it's simply a biological process which deveolped out of need and which has no deeper meaning than the purpose which it serves.
Whichever you believe really makes no difference.