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Irrational Love

"We call a thing good when the love relating to it is correct. In the broadest sense of the term, the good is that which is worth of love, that which can be loved with a love that is correct."

~Franz Brentano (The Origin of Our Knowledge of Right and Wrong)

Love by definition is an emotion explored in philosophy, religion, and literature. Romantic love is the idealization of another person, and of a relationship with that person, based on the definition found in The Encarta Encyclopedia. As I explored the definition in my own experience, I find romantic love to be everything that the definition states as well as a boiling mix of emotions, both rational and irrational. Love is a feeling of high emotional affiliation which sends a person's ego to dizzying heights.

Modern day psychology says that the important motivating aspect of life is what a person thinks, as well as how one feels. The mix of emotions that love can give us throws us in many different directions. I have noticed that romantic love is a sort of vision. Sometimes we can clearly see the flaws in the beloved and choose the look past them because our unconscious may sense what the other person is capable of becoming. Other times we are completely or partially oblivious to them. I have noticed that romantic love is a sort of vision. We often hear the phrase, "I don't know what she sees in him" or vice versa. Friends are baffled when someone they care about falls in love with a freeloader, or someone with ill manners. The parents or friends are looking rationally at the situation. Friends and family, and other people outside of the relationship only see how ordinary or how flawed the beloved is. The lover is not always blind to the flaws but when someone is in love, they see something different about the beloved. I believe that someone in love is so caught up that they are able to see past the flaws. The eternal identity of every person is always present but we only become acutely aware of it in the state of romantic love.




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