Baby Don’t Hurt Me

“What is Love?” Last week in class we touched on the extremely messy topic of “The Meaning of Life.” The first thought for many to an answer for this complex question was love. However the point was made that love, is simply an illusion. This poses the question, “What is Love?” Most people have one of two stances, either it is indeed an illusion that means nothing, or it’s one of the most powerful emotions we have. I argue that there is a gray area in between these two opposite ends of the spectrum. First, to understand “love,” we must acknowledge its counter, “hate.” I think most everyone can think of one person they hate. Whether it be a political figure or someone they have interacted with in the past. There are a lot of reasons people hate, the most common would be the constant disagreement with the actions one makes. Therefore, if you can grow to “hate” someone based on their actions, you certainly can grow to “love” someone based on their actions. The feeling of love is extremely powerful just like that of hate. Neither of these connections is fake, however, certain actions are required to build them into something meaningful. Whether or not you want to label this particular connection with the title of love is up to you.

One thought on “Baby Don’t Hurt Me

  1. Marina T

    First of all, I love the title. Now you got the song stuck in my head 🙂
    Second of all, I love the points you made. I agree that love is certainly not a fake, societally forced connection. While some could argue that love is simply hormones used to ensure reproduction (mainly the evolutionary approach to life), homosexuality, the fact that people tend to have multiple partners throughout life, and the overall mess that is love and sexuality proves otherwise. The argument in answer to the question “what is love” that life only has meaning because of these arbitrary things like relationships, in my opinion, is not a good way to look at life. Maybe we all are stuck in this binary and none of us will truly understand the meaning of life, but I’m okay with that. I love my relationships and the people in my life and my moral values. They make me happy and content, existentialism aside.


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