I love roses. It only takes a single rose to make me smile. Not a dozen, that's just way too much. But the single rose must be chosen. Thought has to be put into "which" rose, and how it's decorated.

Romance is like that. It's exciting, something you plan and look forward to. Not just for great sex but to strengthen the bond between two people. I've always loved romance and not only getting surprises but giving surprises.

But when and if the romance dies something important is in danger of going along with it. Fun, adventure, mystery, the "spark"....

So romantic love is essential. Unseen says it's OCD, lol

So I decided to start this thread to duke it out. What do you all think? Is romantic love selfish? Or is it the most important element to deepening intellectual love?

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The Buddhists say that all love is self-love, because we love people for what they do for us.  So the line between selflessness and selfishness, is blurred and perhaps doesn't exist.  Having said that, we are likely to make any sacrifice for someone we really love, and they don't have to do a thing in return. 

I see romantic love as a form of worship, not a million miles away from religious worship. 

If I thought like that, I would steer clear. Why so extreme?

RE: The Buddhists say that all love is self-love, because we love people for what they do for us.  So the line between selflessness and selfishness, is blurred and perhaps doesn't exist.

I disagree. How then is the love of a parent to a child so profound? (For example). Parents give to their children, and yet the love is not selfish.

Yes Belle, you're right, this is an exception I think.  Perhaps this is the highest and purest kind of love there is. 

Unconditional love, in other words.  Agreeing always to give, and without expecting to take anything. 

RE: Yes Belle, you're right, this is an exception I think.  Perhaps this is the highest and purest kind of love there is. 

I agree it's a very powerful love, but I don't think you can "rank" the different kinds of love as being any more or less "pure." It's just that love in any "form" is a good thing. To call it "OCD" not only cheapens it, but erodes it's capacity to grow. I am really curious if Unseen will defend his position on why he believes that romantic love is not love. We'll see...maybe he took the day off ;)

I agree Belle, I felt bad when I was making what sounded like a value judgement, but that's the English language for you.  It's multi-valued. 

I think Unseen likes to cheapen healthy human values. 

If two people are doing something together, is that selfless?  Or selfish?  Or something else besides? 

At the same time, morally speaking, unconditional love is higher than other forms of love.  But morality doesn't enter into all of human life. 

I read your OP, you're a very sweet person I can tell.

But I think you're wrong about parent-child love. If anything, that's the most narcissistic forms of love of all. People want children so there can be a little version of them running around that they can feel proud about, play around with like a toy and parade in front of their friends. It's no different than buying an expensive luxury car, except that the car will be much cheaper in the long term.

I have to disagree, kOrsan.  What is the fundamental property of life, and of the DNA molecule?  It splits in two and makes a new version of itself.  Children are not fundamentally status symbols, they are the very reason for existence of this "blooming, buzzing confusion".  You're talking about the basis for an atheist spirituality. 

And hey, Belle is one of the coolest people in the world. 

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