Is love quantifiable or is it an infinite capacity?
There are so many people you may love - life partner( wife, husband, BF, GF), children, friends - how do you measure your priorities and do you expect and get reciprocal love.
The best way I could quantify my love would be to think about the impact on my feelings if someone I loved died. And in that regard my children would be first....
I don't expect anything from anyone other than a lover to remain faithful.... I just hope for the best and see how it works out....
Love is definately an infinite capacity...the question is whether or not my love is that way. I believe we are all capable of infinite love...but in our quest for love as people...we have to a certain degree, destroyed it and made it quantifiable. I can agree with the Suburban Poet with regard to his children, as I have children too. I think for most of us...our children give us our first opportunity to give selfless love.
Love to me is still an mystery....unsolved, nobody seem to get it right anymore, it's always a hidden agenda......and most of all it still selfish...
Love is seemly woven into our humanity. The moment we have reached a point where we stop loving or having the ability to love is the moment we must question our humanity. As long as there is life as long as there is breath there is the propensity to love inside of us.
Often times, the love that fills our heart is neither felt nor reciprocated by others; however, we should never become pessimist of love, but instead remain optimistic.
I believe that love should be pure and selfless. Whether it be with my children, partner, parents, or friends. If you love someone expecting something out of it then is it really you loving them or wanting them to love you? I love whether or not I am loved back. It is difficult sometimes when you are dealing with love not returned, however, the fact that you love at all makes you human. Love is the purest human emotion. Love does not hurt. It is only when that love is not returned that hurts. Love is perfect in everyway, if it is in fact love. The fact is that there are so many different things and feelings that can confuse us as love. Infatuation, lust, pity, compassion, and more. These can all make a person think they are feeling love for someone when it is in fact not. Love is different for each person. My love is simple. I want the happiness of the other even if it means without me. Simple.
Not infinite, but certainly not quantifiable. Measuring love and inventing a unit for it seems impossible.
I think that love returns to the nest from which it falls. Our preoccupation with getting love, too often hinders our giving love. When all is said and done, I don't think they will equally measured, but, that takes a lifetime to learn
My thoughts: If there are expectations, then there is not selflessness. If there is not selflessness, then there will always be conditions on our willingness and our capacity to give love. Our capacity to love is only limited by our ability and willingness to give it without those conditions. If we line all of our relationships up in front of us like a troop of soldiers, is it more valuable to walk through and say " he loves me, she loves me, he doesn't she doesn't", etc.? Or is it wiser to consider-- "I love him, I love her, or I could love them better".
Good question. A lot to think about.
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