ruthless compassion (aroraborealis) wrote,
ruthless compassion

Quantifying love

A conversation came up on IRC today about the question of "how much" people love each other. Do parents love their kids more than other people do? What does that mean? Etc.

I don't really feel like love can be quantified. It's one of those things that is an all or nothing thing. I love someone or I don't. The quality of that love can change: do I love you platonically or sexually/romantically, or both, or neither? Do I love you playfully and with joy, or because I always have and it's just a steady state? Do I love you, or your attitude, or your way with words? Do I love the way you make me feel or the way you make me think or the way you think, or...?

I love each person as much as I can love that person. I can't compare how much I love A to how much I love B. It's a funny thing, this love.

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