Do you think that medical science could ever use a metaphor from the natural world to describe love? I’m sure a believable argument could be made for love defined as a flower, a planet or the sea. Because “Love is such a tissue of paradoxes, and exists in such an endless variety of forms and shades, that you might say almost anything about it that you please and it is likely to be correct.” -Finck, Romantic Love and Personal Beauty, 1891. A chocolatier might think love can be compared to cocoa; an auto mechanic could say love flows like motor oil.
2. If life is love and we’re all connected; if there is such a thing as unconditional love; if love is vast; if love heals; if “Love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems” (Martin Luther King Jr.); if love is infinite; how could love set off the same reactions as a drug or illness?
"Love freely given between equals is ... a very recent historical possibility ... it is also the enemy of some of the most powerful interests of this society." -Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth
Greater equality between the sexes has changed everything, as has the acceptance of homosexual unions and relationships between people of different cultural backgrounds. Historically, no other type of love has been as controlled by laws written and unwritten. As barriers continue to break down, romantic love is the most controversial type of love for our time. Once we get a taste of loving, we naturally soften our hearts to the rest of the world. Social change and evolution is happy people spreading happiness.
“You cannot control an ecstatic person; it is impossible. You can control only a miserable person. An ecstatic person is bound to be free. Ecstasy is freedom. When you are ecstatic, you cannot be reduced to being a slave. You cannot be destroyed so easily; you cannot be persuaded to live in a prison. You would like to dance under the stars and you would like to walk with the wind and you would like to talk with the sun and moon. You will need the vast, the infinite night, the enormous. You cannot be seduced into living in a dark cell. You cannot be turned into a slave. You will live your own life and you will do your own thing. This is very difficult for society. If there are many ecstatic people, the society will feel it is falling apart, its structure will not hold anymore.” -Osho
They decided to become lovers and to live together, and it was amazing that things didn’t change. They still respected each other, they were still supportive of each other, and the love grew more and more. Even the simplest things made their hearts sing with love because they were so happy.”
* Or not. Using brain scans, researchers at New York’s Stony Brook University discovered that a number of couples responded with as much passion after 20 years together as most people only do during the early throes of romance. "The findings go against the traditional view of romance—that it drops off sharply in the first decade—but we are sure it's real," said Arthur Aron, a psychologist at Stony Brook. Also, please see Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor's work.
The Mastery Of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz. Don’t by deterred by the New Age-y cover.