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NancyLebovitz comments on Building Weirdtopia - Less Wrong

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Comment author: NancyLebovitz 17 December 2010 01:47:41PM 4 points [-]

A General Theory of Love has the plausible idea that social animals (especially humans, who are the only ones who die in infancy from isolation) need contact to regulate various bodily functions.

Heartbreak could presumably be prevented if those bodily functions can no longer be disrupted beyond a certain point. This would also mean that grief would be blunted a lot.

I think it makes sense that the positive side of love could still happen without the misery of losing it.

Comment author: Normal_Anomaly 18 September 2011 04:10:01AM 1 point [-]

As someone who has experienced romantic happiness without having ever experienced romantic tragedy, I can confirm that love without heartbreak is pleasant and is not meaningless for at least one person.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 18 September 2011 04:42:28AM 0 points [-]

You're probably at risk for romantic misery-- I was talking about the general structure, not about needing emotional contrast.

Comment author: Normal_Anomaly 18 September 2011 05:03:51AM 0 points [-]

Ah, I misinterpreted you. I agree that I am at risk for romantic misery. I thought you were talking about the idea proposed above that everyone should be heartbroken once to make love more meaningful.