Love Love and Love alone

This being the first entry in my blog, my ramblings may make a little more sense if I introduce the purpose of the posts in here first. I live in a room with three others and so the desk and bed is all I have in the name of privacy. And living with 700 males around you at half of your awake time can fuse some of the nerves which is when I blog. These two points are how the blog got its name.

One rule which I have decided to implement this time is not to use any kind of editing. The beauty may blemish because of an incoherent writing style, it seems the most human way to communicate in the end.

Enough about administration,  let us start with today’s post.  I have an exam on Signal Processing in less than 10 hours as I write this and only 30% of syllabus is covered till now. What I suspect is driving this madness of writing blogs is Oxytocin – to which I dedicate my first entry. Oxytocin, as many would know, is the neuromodulator in humans which initiates and sustains attraction and attachment. It is released in large quantities during childbirth, breastfeeding and anxiety.  Though the levels of Oxytocin are independent of the sex of person, age may affect as parent, for example, is more likely to have more affection and kindness towards children. Termed as ‘love hormone’ by companies, oxytocin has acquired the image of a natural Viagra which is far from reality. As noted before, this hormone has more to do with the emotions of emotional love than physical desires.

Love in psychology has come a long way since Adam and Eve. And for the poets, the biologists have completely destroyed the beauty of many a sonnets. Biologically, love evolves in three phases. Lust, attraction and attachment. The first two being obvious, attachment occurs as a result of high levels of oxytocin and vasopressin. This theory may have more scientific basis in the western world, my personal feelings tend to support the more feudal theory that dictates that love occurs because of basic human need for dependence. This (more simpler) paradigm for love more effective in explaining the love between parents and child and among siblings but fails to account for Freudian psychological theories such as that of Oedipus and Electra complex.

The Indian scenario is dominated by over-population and a need for survival with a shortage of resources. A rapidly advancing society increases the sense of insecurity among people leading to an early marriage age in country.

In conclusion, Love might be over-rated but so are most other things in life.I don’t think that this post is complete, but enough said. I am in a fight-or-flight situation.

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