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How Important is Love in Life?

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Indian social philosophy determined the four MAJOR GOALS of life: DHARMA (righteousness/ social-moral conducts & behavior), ARTHA (wealth/ money/ property/ social-material assets), KAMA (passion/ lust/ love), and MOKSHA (self-realization/ salvation). They put a basic prerequisite for all this: VIDYA (perceptual, experiential, & intuitive knowledge). One must acquire adequate & appropriate knowledge in order to accumulate Artha to sustain oneself throughout life. Guided by Vidya, following the path of Dharma, & spending Artha wisely; one must strive to satisfy his/her needs, desires, passions, & lusts in order to attain Kama. Both Kama & Artha, must follow Dharma - do not be inconsiderate, selfish, & greedy with your wealth or lust. After you are content with Dharma, Artha, & Kama, guided by knowledge; seek the meaning of your life, salvation, and/or self or spiritual realization.

Western philosophers generally agree with this.

Sigmund Freud said, love & work keep us alive and happy. Love is a broad term - in includes affection, compassion, liking, loving, lust, and passion. Sex is an expression of love. Without love, sex becomes selfish, mechanical, just physical. Sex is definitely needed in life, but it need to accompany love.

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Dec 11 @ 9:39AM  
It is as important as breathing... however, it does depend upon the kind of love one pursues and/or shares for it to have it's profound influence in one's life.

A selfish love can be very harmful and even turn into an obsession which creates havoc no one wants in their lives except the one obsessed.

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Dec 11 @ 12:54PM  
It can be generally agreed by most scientists that the state of the universe moves toward entropy. Water and wind break down mountains and meteors crash into planets all the time, slowly eroding everything that exists.

However there is one thing that ignores this “constant of entropy”: Life. By definition, things that are alive have two properties. They reproduce and are self-sustaining. That is, they find ways to survive long enough to make copies of themselves. It's the fact that they make multiple copies that causes the break in the entropy cycle.

Yet within life there are odd instances of what would seem to be suicide. Whether that's a brave soldier giving up his life or a lemming diving off a cliff. Why do these things happen? It is because life is not a single “unit”, but a system. Lemmings are prone to overpopulation. Their infamous suicidal exodus does kill many, but it allows the best to survive and propagate the species more.

But the “soldier” example is a bit different. Yes, they may have the ability for the same sort of sacrifice that the lemmings do, but a person will fight harder to defend their family or their community than they will to defend themselves. Why?

Simply put because of hope. There is always the belief that there is something greater. Life, in itself, is suffering. But the belief that something more is out there for us and the people we care about lets us move beyond that. Hope transcends life.

And the most powerful case for hope is always love.

In short, life trumps the universe, hope trumps the necessities of life, and love empowers hope.

Love is not a necessary component of life. It is far greater than that.

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