31: Artists & philosophers delight

A Thousand Things to Talk About
31: Artists & philosophers delight

loveToday, we’re talking about a topic nearly every artist and philosopher has tackled at some point.

Specifically, how do you define love?

Show notes and links:
Falling in love is ‘more scientific than you think,’ according to new study (Syracuse University)

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This is probably one of the most intensely personal – and intensely difficult – questions most of us have to tackle at some point in our lives… or at many points in our lives. After all, love is one of those little word with thousands of different meanings.

In one 2010 meta-study, researchers determined that love can happen in under a second, and that what we call “love” is, quote, “12 areas of the brain work[ing] in tandem to release euphoria-inducing chemicals such as dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline and vasopressin.“

Yet the Greeks broke love down into four types – unconditional love, platonic love, family-and-friend love, and passionate romantic love. Only one of which may, perhaps, be the “love” that induces this cocaine-like euphoria.

So what have some comments already shared they define love as?

One was, “Respect. Honesty. Simplicity. Never feeling like you aren’t important enough. Trust. Calm. And yes… reciprocated.”

While another said, “‘When the happiness of another person becomes as essential to yourself as your own, then the state of love exists.’ And bonus points to anyone who can name the author.”

A third one said, “I think anyone who has experienced unrequited love would certainly NOT say that it was “fake love.” Just… unsatisfying.”

And as a final commenter said, “If love were easily definable, a whole lotta writers would be without their main subject.”