Sunday, May 25, 2008

Falling in Love

Movies and popular culture often celebrate "falling in love." I'd suggest, however, that outside of physical ailments (including everything from cancer to starvation), "falling in love" is ultimately responsible for maybe half of all the misery experienced by the human race.

UPDATE: Just to be clear, I'm not saying this because of any personal experience. It's rather a commentary on how many people I've seen who messed up their lives by dating or marrying the wrong person just because they "fell in love," as well as people who threw away a perfectly good marriage and abandoned their kids because they thought they "fell in love" with someone else.


Blogger Stuart Buck said...

From Blackadder:

I'll grant you that falling in love in the cause of a lot of human misery. But half? Was falling in love responsible for the Holocaust? The Gulag? The Reign of Terror? Seems doubtful. Hatred, greed, the will to power, and perhaps even do-gooderism all seem to me to have a claim on a greater share of human misery than does falling in love.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Stuart Buck said...

OK, that was a bit of hyperbole, and I grant your point.

Still, while falling in love unwisely doesn't have the massive impact of any of the atrocities that you mention, even so it affects a far higher percentage of the population, year in and year out.

10:02 PM  
Blogger Stuart Buck said...

How about this: Falling in love unwisely accounts for a great deal of the misery that human beings inflict upon themselves?

7:45 AM  

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