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Thursday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr , 9:27 PM GMT on February 06, 2014

I'm letting Jessica take over my blog today. Well not really. She posted this on hers and I'm stealing it for mine. I hope you enjoy.


Someone asked me this the other day. After failed marriages my typical answer that I firmly believed in was: NO, sometimes love isn’t enough. This time I sat and thought about what she asked. I questioned what is love? This is what I discovered…
When we meet someone we “feel” love. It is self contained, it is selfish in that it is an individual internal state, and is best described as a noun form of the word “love”. This is the typical infatuation stage where your heart jumps and your stomach ties in knots when you see the person and in turn we treat that person well to maintain our internal state…our selfish state of happiness. The other person does not experience our internal state, they do not feel the “love” we describe or feel when they are around. They experience what we are willing to give to maintain our internal feelings of happiness.
As the relationship grows and we get to know the other person things come up that cause us to be in a state of cognitive dissonance about the “feeling” of love. Now not only does this person bring us happiness but anger, disappointment, confusion, insecurity, and other feelings that cause us to weigh whether maintaining our internal state of happiness or “love” is worth the cost of coping with and getting through these other emotional experiences.
This is the point most relationships either end, a decision is made to accept the current way of being, or there’s a third option: To begin loving.
Now you ask, what is the difference between love and loving? “Love” as a noun described above is an internal selfish state. No one sees what you feel, no one feels what you feel, no one experiences what you call “love”. The word “Love” as a verb is described as an external act towards another. This type of “love” does not have to necessarily be driven by an internal state of “love” or feeling. It can be driven by a state of commitment or a desire to make the other person happy and therefore we feel fulfilled by the act of “loving”. This type of “love” as a verb is a very selfless act. Our relationship to our partner transitions from a very selfish to selfless type of exchange. GOD did not create us to be selfless creatures and therefore we struggle with maintaining this type of interaction, change or commitment. We are born with an innate desire or drive to do what make us feel good. Yet GOD asks of us to do give, to provide for others, and even to tithe with a “loving” heart that is fulfilled simply by the act of giving. This act creates “Love” in our heart through our own acts of free will.
So going back to the question, “Is love all we need?” GOD tells us that LOVE is the greatest gift we can give another. He doesn’t say it’s the greatest gift we can get from another, implying that in giving we are receiving “love” through our sacrifice to others or commitment to another. If in your marriage or relationship you are fulfilled by the act of “love” as a verb to your partner than YES it is all you need. It is personally fulfilling, it is meeting the needs of your partner materially and emotionally, leaving them in a state of desire to also “love” in return to maintain their internal state of “Love” and leaving you also having a desire to maintain your internal state of “love”.
So who creates this internal state of “love”? You do. Through your actions you create a symbiotic relationship that both “loves” and in turn creates “love”. One does not exist without the other. So the question, Is love all we need, becomes a complicated question with a very simple answer: Yes.

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5. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
9:30 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
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4. oregonbirdofprey
2:50 PM GMT on February 08, 2014
No, love is not enough, not nearly. And, for me anyway, god has nothing to do with any of it.
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3. Astrometeor
5:53 AM GMT on February 08, 2014
I would think it depends on one's definition of "love".

I'm too young to give you even a close definition of any sense.
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2. Barefootontherocks
4:40 AM GMT on February 08, 2014
No. If love is all we need, the leading cause of death would be loneliness.
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1. hurricanecrab
4:55 AM GMT on February 07, 2014
After 25 years of a truly happy, engaging and delightful marriage, I can tell you that ....... No, love is not all I need. Love is most of it. I am a very very lucky man. I also need intelligence and humor and passion. I have found all four with my Bride.

I hope the same for all of you.

I once was at a local bar having a beverage or three, and my Darlin' called on my cell. My friends kidded me and said I was "whipped". I said, "you can call it what you want, but if you want to be happy, you better get some."

It just is. Love is most of it. Passion is a lesser part, but still important.
Creativity is passion's cousin.

Love carries people through the rough patches, and makes the good times better. Passion makes the good times richer, and humor makes the bad times better.

I would be a hollow shell without her. We don't have children, so one of us is going to die alone. I hope it's me, because I imagine that I can wrap up things more directly that she can.

That's love, brother -- the desire to spare your mate the pain of what follows.
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