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Is Love real?


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After reading some of the paranormal threads (which seem to fill the political void here), I had an interesting thought.

 

In the skeptics view, Love would be just like feng shui, chi, and all of these other things that cannot be detected or measured, and therefore can't be proven.

 

Is Love real, or is it just another mental construct that helps humans cope with the harsh realities of life?

 

Is Love a practical thing that can be achieved and used, or is it a utopian fantasy that has no real possibility of existing?

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If it don't fit here, its not love.

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing. 4 Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Kcbass

 "Let It Be!"

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Love was invented in 20 B.C.E. by Ovid.

 

The Art of Love

It was not only Chaucer who read Ovid's love poetry; every educated person with the slightest interest in the subject did so.
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Our modern idea of romantic love does not exist in historical record until Ovid. As the educated, wealthy, and powerful read Ovid's works, his ideas took hold as a way to separate them from the poor, agrarian, and slave classes.

 

It is generally believed that before then, sex was sex, and mating-for-life via marriage was a business decision. Sorta like now.

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