I really, really got into it with @saia2@datingish
) the other day concerning the existence of love. To put it plainly, I just no longer can believe it exists
. Granted, the fact that I can't/don't feel love myself is absolutely not proof of the non-existence thereof (as there are a lot of other "normal" human emotions I can't/don't feel) and I would never claim that to be the case.
Rather, my case against the existence of love goes back to who we are as animals
, because that's all we really are in the grand scheme of things. We are an animal species, and more specifically, mammals.
If you look at wild mammals in particular, they all exhibit the same qualities of caring for their young, mating, sex, and other things that parallel the actions of so-called "love" in humans, yet they have absolutely no concept of what love is. The nurturing of their young, their sex drive, and their courting practices can all go back to basic primal instincts of reproduction and continuing their respective species. They don't have any concept of love whatsoever, rather, they just follow their biological programming.
Humans, being mammals, are the exact same way: sex, courtship, and reproduction are all part of a basic-level biological programming that humans are, by nature, programmed to carry out. The only difference is we actually have the ability to consciously override our biological programming and choose our own way
(take childfree-as-ever me, for example, and also consider monogamy, which is totally unnatural to human beings and all other mammals).
Well, maybe other animal species do, as well. In fact, I'm almost positive they probably do, even though we haven't observed such a phenomenon as of yet.
We as human beings have a tendency to glorify ourselves, claim that we're "above" other animal species. Most humans I've seen even go so far as to claim that humans are not animals! Well, to be painfully honest, we are nothing more than animals ourselves, and we are no better than, or superior to, any other animal species on the face of this planet. The erroneous belief that we are is called "speciesism" and it's no better than any other -ism out there.
In simple terms: humans are animals, and animals will do like animals do. Therefore humans will do like animals do and court, reproduce, and nurture offspring out of primal, biological instinct and not because of some bogus concept like love, which no other animal species even has a term for. There is no scientific proof for the existence of love
. Period. And until science can prove the existence thereof, I will not believe in it, as that's not an emotion I experience. That's the bottom line.Thoughts? Disagree? Agree? Let me know.