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.
Love is not conditional. The author states "I love my wife for who she is." Well, what if she ceases to be that, and becomes something else entirely? No more love? You may not like her any more but, ...
Confusion comes when tough love is not well understood. When love is understood to be sometimes sweet, sometimes tough, then the unconditional aspect of it can make sense.
When Dad says he thinks he's a woman, might one not love him best by saying "no, Dad, you are mistaken."?
This is so true. Love is significant when it reflects the quality of character of the people involved. If someone were to 'love' another regardless of the cruelty or viciousness of that person, it's not love at all, it's a pathetic and ugly bond.
I would hope that those who care about me do so for who I am.
Love is probably the most talked about and song about concept in human history. Everyone has an opinion and many famous and perceptive people have added to the encyclopedia of comments and opinions about love. Maybe this explains why so much said about it is either incorrect or very sentient. But which is which? Are the poets all correct or full of flowery bullshit. Does it even matter? If you are 13 and in love it could be sweet and wonderful or sad and destructive. If you are 18 and in love it could be the beginning of a wonderful lifelong love story or one in a series of disappointments. You will not know unless you are willing to play the game; to take a chance. Most of us and probably all of us are willing in fact compelled by human emotion to 'play the game'. But many of us have heard/read something which changes us, biases us and controls how we act. Was it a poem, a song or a bad personal experience? Perhaps a friends experience or something your parents or other adult told you? On love, all advice is bad and all advice could be good. It depends on you and what you do with it. My advice is simple; embrace it. If you are 13 or 18 or 60 if you find love, embrace it, commit to it, risk it. You will never be 13 again or 18 or even 60 again.
The use of the term 'unconditional love' has been used by terrible husbands and wives to keep their significant other stuck in poor relationships. All human love has conditions: you must respect me and love me in return. That's one I think we could all agree with. There are others. Even between mothers and children.
Sick of that term. It is overused on the internet to somehow indicate was 'real' love is vs. non-love. 'Unconditional love' is not real between two humans. Sorry to burst the bubble.
Bliss, seriously: as feeble as that thought is, and as obviously wrong as others of yours are, why blog? Of course the same question applies to Windy, but I'd expect more from a writer than from a caricature of oneself...