Symptoms of Love

“The world would be saved if we could just love one another.”

An airy fairy statement used by hippies and dreamers?

No matter how true the statement may be, it is hardly a pragmatic plan of attack to “Save the World”.

Defining love is difficult in many ways. It’s association with sexual intimacy, and it’s broad context of use where many contexts are deemed socially unacceptable to even have a hint of that association, make in depth discussion of love uncomfortable for many.

  • Love your spouse
  • Love your Children
  • Love your Parents
  • Love Trees
  • Love a Business Idea
  • Love a good Steak
  • Love your God

There are so many different contexts where the word Love is used that it is impossible to determine if the world is increasing or decreasing in it’s level of Love.

In science, technology and business, when you have something you wish to measure, which is seemingly unmeasurable, you look for substitute characteristics, or if you are lucky, a substitute characteristic, which correlates strongly. Then you measure that. Interventions can then be trialled and reasonable assumptions on those interventions’ success or failure can be made from the analysis of data. Society moves in some direction or another as a result.

Pretty simple stuff, but what would be a measurable substitute characteristic for Love? I guess we are looking for an indicator or a “Symptom of Love”.

Furthermore perhaps we are looking to build the technology to provide the interventions, measure the results, analyse the data, and rework the interventions where appropriate to maximise the love.

Perhaps if this helped us practice the Symptoms of Love we could and would, over time, generate genuine love.

Use the old “Fake it until you make it” technique of self improvement on a global scale.

Now if I just had such a thing……….I reckon I’d call it Kahatika.

One thought on “Symptoms of Love

  1. hetty

    Definitions of love on the Web:

    a strong positive emotion of regard and affection; “his love for his work”; “children need a lot of love”
    any object of warm affection or devotion; “the theater was her first love”; “he has a passion for cock fighting”;
    have a great affection or liking for; “I love French food”; “She loves her boss and works hard for him”
    beloved: a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
    get pleasure from; “I love cooking”
    a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction; “their love left them indifferent to their surroundings”; “she was his first love”
    be enamored or in love with; “She loves her husband deeply”
    a score of zero in tennis or squash; “it was 40 love”
    sleep together: have sexual intercourse with; “This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm”; “Adam knew Eve”; “Were you ever intimate with this man?”
    sexual love: sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people; “his lovemaking disgusted her”; “he hadn’t had any love in months”; “he has a very complicated love life”
    wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

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