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History of Love

  1. May 22, 2004 #1
    Do you know anything about the history if love :redface: ? Post here ==>
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  3. May 22, 2004 #2


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    Michel Foucault's "History of Sexuality" is quite entertaining..
  4. May 22, 2004 #3
    History of love:

    1) Breeding pair critters such as humans required shagging to continue. Those which shagged, continued. Others died off.

    2) Emotional bonds developed, just chemical interactions, among the successful breeders. Those without it died off.

    3) People started telling stories. They made up myths and ideals about those biological drives.

    4) Maybe people can do it all without influence of, perhaps in contravention of, those biological drives.
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  6. May 22, 2004 #5
    Nothing in the closet about me. I'm an openly hopeless romantic. Unfortunately, I don't mean that the good way.
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  8. May 23, 2004 #7
    As I've been rereading his 'stuff' I'll throw some of it in;

    Love essentially is goodwill; thinking well of others and wishing them well. It is a state of the will, not of the animal passions. Even in its earthiest form it is a giving as well as a taking. People who can not give themselves never can know love.

    -from the wisdom of Adler.

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  9. May 23, 2004 #8
    That's a nice definition.
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    Biologically speaking, love didn't develop because it helped with reproductive urges. It developed because humans have extremely complex social behavior that takes a very long time to learn. Because of this, those children with two parents sticking around to raise them fared better than those with only one or with none, propagating the genes for monogamy.
  11. May 23, 2004 #10
    Mothers and offspring love each other. No time for learning, it's just there. This is because those animals which did not "care" for their young, died out.
  12. May 23, 2004 #11
    I think the question is "Who, hoo hoo wrote the book of Loooooooovvvvvvvvve"?
  13. May 23, 2004 #12
    Love is the gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everyone else.

    -the wisdom of Shaw
  14. May 24, 2004 #13
    Shaw was a famously cynical bastich. :P
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    Well, I wasn't going to, but...

    Sonnet 116

    Let me not to the marriage of true minds
    Admit impediments. Love is not love
    Which alters when it alteration finds,
    Or bends with the remover to remove:
    O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
    That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
    It is the star to every wandering bark,
    Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
    Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
    Within his bending sickle's compass come:
    Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
    But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
    If this be error and upon me proved,
    I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

    -the wisdom of Shakespeare?
  16. May 24, 2004 #15
    To the nudie bar!

    - The wisdom of Al Bundy. :P
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    Or just had oodles of babies... or few predators... maybe baby sea turtles are born with a love for the ocean ;)

    Even if there's no time for learning to love, there's plenty of time for learning to hate, isn't there? :devil:
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    "You have to be taught, before it's too late,
    Before you are six, or seven or eight,
    To hate all the people your relatives hate.
    You have to be carefully taught."
    -From South Pacific
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    I was speaking of romatic love, which is what I thought this thread was about, not parental love. Parental love is pretty obvious.
  20. May 24, 2004 #19
    So was this guy:

    To be in love is merely to be in a state of perpetual anesthesia - to mistake an ordinary young woman for a goddess.
    - H.L. Mencken
  21. May 24, 2004 #20
    Oh how I do love the wisdom of the cynics! :smile:
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