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Our love for others is an extension of the love for ourselves. -Aristotle

Do we not love people that we say are connect to us? It would be consistent with why even adopted children sometime seek out their biological parents. It's like they're seeking out a part of themselves.

asked Dec 29 '11 at 04:32

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edited Dec 29 '11 at 21:16

It may be neurochemical, i.e. oxytocin or other.

It is funny, that is when chemicals control us: are we really free?

(Dec 29 '11 at 07:46) Adeikov Adeikov's gravatar image

I've heard of the same answer when it comes to romantic love. Unfortunately, that answer is incomplete. It's incomplete because it doesn't give the reason as to why the chemical is released. Genetic is not a good answer because genes cannot not identify a person as being "my child". Genes has no consciousness.

(Dec 29 '11 at 12:02) Humbug Humbug's gravatar image

Our love for our children comes from the value they offer us. This value changes and expands as they grow and mature. As babies, the value may be the pleasure we receive from watching them learn to laugh and respond to our playing with them. As toddlers, parents experience pleasure at seeing them learn to walk and talk. This process continues to evolve as our children mature and offer different value to us as parents. All along the way, we are not sacrificing for them, rather we are investing in future values we hope to promote and help bring to fruition.

(Dec 29 '11 at 12:45) Donovan Donovan's gravatar image
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