LOVE, The zoologist point of view...

 

LOVE?

For some reason I woke up today with Jaime Sabines' "Los Amorosos" in my head. Those that suffer trying to protect something that they live chasing... knowing that they'll never get it.

Love. Such a beautiful, crazy thing, so fulfilling, so necesary, the one that keeps the world going, the one people worship and elevate to the most sublime level in an attempt to be a part of it.
Love is the answer to everything, the subject of so many poems... And yet no one can really scientifically describe it in a very romantic way.

In "The Naked Ape" Desmond Morris describes it like a concept humans made up to stay together. To justify the neoteny of our species, the long time a mother has to take care of her offspring, since human childhood lasts longer than in any other animals. She has to have something besides the instinct not to leave. It also keeps control in an incipient monogamic society.
We all can feel it is true. But what we feel is a combination of chemical reactions occuring inside our bodies when certain things happen in our daily lives, in the same way than when we are scared or angry. That heat inside, the butterflies in our stomachs... And we have called it LOVE.

Now no one wants to live without it, no one dares to say that it might be a made up concept whose only and original purpose was to help preserve the species, which we all know is no longer a priority.
So the conclusion probably is that whatever Love really is, it has served the purpose it was created for; that is why we feel those butterflies when we read Los Amorosos and see ourselves in Sabines' words.
We have created an illusion we can no longer live without... that is most likely what makes us humans.
They have said it all: "All You Need Is Love..."

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