We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Italian researchers have discovered a nerve growth factor, (NGF), which correlates with falling in love.
Is it news to any of us who have been young and in love that requited passion fades within a year? (Or that unrequited or unconsumated desire can last a long time?)
This NCG normalizes within a year of a love relationship. But is it cause or effect? Regardless, it is definitely "chemistry." And real life definitely, inevitably, but sadly, runs counter to this chemical bliss.
I agree. Unrequited love lasts forever, unfortunately. It's why God always loves us, keeps reaching out to us despite our sins, wickednesses and forgetfulness. We betray Him, blow him off, remain faithful to the wrong one instead of Him. It's why when we belatedly reciprocate His love, we only do so episodically. We humans are not a grateful lot. A thrill at first to feel that our feelings are reciprocated. Thereafter we take the person or God for granted, until jolted by something dramatic.