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An interesting discussion about love on 4chan's /b/ (12)

1 Name: Russki : 2007-04-22 05:41 ID:CXwdp9rt

It started when somebody, probably trying to make /b/ feel lonely, posted "hey /b/, what's it like to be loved by someone"

And yet, a couple interesting points were brought up. The opinion on /b/ seems to be that real love is forgotten in today's society, and people are simply mistaking lust for love. According to 4chan, "love is dead." And yet a couple posters noted the "neo-hippie" trend among politically active youth, e.g.:

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2 Name: Russki : 2007-04-22 05:43 ID:CXwdp9rt

fuck I messed up that post. in the last sentence, the second occurence of the word love shouldn't have /'s on it because it isn't referring to the board, kthx

3 Name: Secret Admirer : 2007-04-22 10:58 ID:mlzsaYNj

in my opinion:

we still have love, its just that nowadays if a married couple go through a bad patch they get a divorce which wasnt done in the past so much. true love is nurtured through both bad and good times - so having to get through problems together helps the couple bond together stronger. so instead i think now people try to have "universal love" or whatever you want to call it - loving everybody in the world in that hippy kind of way, rather than finding one person to focus all that love on.

4 Name: Secret Admirer : 2007-04-22 16:20 ID:6XTTO69f

my opinion:
love never was to begin with. just chemical reactions in the brain that sort of thing. The whole idea of a magical love or a soulmate are just human constructs. love as the romantic entity the media and society portrays does not exist.

5 Name: Secret Admirer : 2007-04-22 16:57 ID:QSdcMbFW

While it's kind of amazing that /b/ was able to have a more "serious" discussion, that guy is kinda wrong, the neo-hippie-types he's talking about might not be the best thing for rediscovering love. Their train of thought leads to too much looseness- see those communes where everyone gets it on with everyone. Love on the non-family (if anything, that's become more open) scale does need to be less rigid, but there has to be another, less extreme way to find its meaning.

6 Name: Secret Admirer : 2007-04-23 01:56 ID:Duoz5bJ/

The Greeks were the closest when they had multiple words for 'love' - a distinction between brotherly love, universal love, 'lust,' etc. Modern society does seem to mostly focus on lust nowadays, it's true. But real love is not completely forgotten. The neo-hippie trend isn't towards 'real love,' though. It's more towards 'universal love' which is completely different.

7 Name: Seraphius : 2007-04-23 05:22 ID:ExOHOYLK


I agree, real love has not been completely forgotten, the self sacrificing type (even without getting anything in return). And hippies are not going to "usher in" such a thing, unless they are less loose then thier parents generation (good job they did huh?) and do not form thier opinions as solely an anti-war response.

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8 Name: Secret Admirer : 2007-04-23 06:46 ID:Ey775Wzq

Let me just throw in my two cents.

/b/ is full of social rejects, more or less? I have a theory that its users (and myself) could possibly believe in sincere "love", at some point, and were rejected because of that, at some point. And you know the rest of the story, we're all emotionless monsters now. (or act like it)

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9 Name: Secret Admirer : 2007-04-23 08:21 ID:4hH8dV7z

I wouldn't say /b/tards are all social rejects. Perhaps more likely then the average person, but it'd be an incredible overstatement to say they're all rejects - They just seem to enjoy acting like rejects and morons, when they're really not. At least, what I've noticed.

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10 Name: Secret Admirer : 2007-04-24 02:25 ID:CXrQjB7E

i miss love...

11 Name: 4 : 2007-04-24 09:37 ID:6XTTO69f

Yes, hate is ALSO a bunch of chemical reactions. It's people like you that push science backwards with your "we can't explain it" bullshit. Just because you fear the fact that your existance might be insignificant and nothing more than the product of neurons firing in the brain, doesn't make it any less true.

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12 Name: Secret Admirer : 2007-04-24 16:37 ID:6UBRKctU

I think the most important thing this generation can do is learn from the past. The hippies didn't work. They had critical mass, but they couldn't even get marijuana unbanned because they were too busy living and loving in the moment.

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