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  •  It is the best kind of imagination, IMO (1+ / 0-)
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    Love isn't a wave of desire that sweeps you off; that's pheromone/hormone interaction.  Love is the built-up result of making a daily decision to care about a person and be interested in them; their life, their good bits and bad.

    It is absolutely an hallucination; it has no external existence and only affects us because we choose to engage in it.  The closest phrase I can think of is emotional inertia, resultant from repeated actions.  Like water wearing a track through stone, but the only track is in our brains.  I guess you could say that connotes a physical existence, but again - nothing external to the person who feels it.

    Love is best when consensual, but can exist - in one form - solely on one side.

    Loving and being loved by a caring companion animal is, IMO, the best education of what the thing itself should be like. We humans are too caught up in our self-awareness and self-consciousness to really experience love, even love we try to create and feel.  But just as one can get a sense of childhood again through watching a child grow, we can get a sense of what love feels like by seeing it in the eyes of a loving animal.  I am certain that I would be a very different, very much worse person if I had not had caring animals in my life from the beginning of my memory.

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      animals in our lives teach us the truth of unconditional love.  I am always amazed how "fur people" will stick with their "skin people" through thick and thin on the streets.

      ~Arianna_Editrix-- I willingly accept Cassandra’s fate, To speak the truth, altho’ believ’d too late

      by Arianna Editrix on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 04:49:31 PM PST

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      •  fur people and skin people (0+ / 0-)

        I love that! I'm late to the party and can only rec the last comment in this thread, but I truly appreciate the sentiments.

        I have one of the fur people purring in my lap right now as I  contemplate the idea that he and I are teaching one another what it means to love and be loved. There appears to be a mutually beneficial evolution taking place.

        "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

        by annan on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 12:44:05 PM PST

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