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Is there really such a thing as unconditional love?

Krystal_H 4 Dec 17

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For and from pets.

Yeaah

Not from my pets.

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Aside from my unconditional love for my children, the only unconditional love that is evident to me is what emanates from my Autistic, developmentally disabled foster son, who is now 36. No matter what, he has a memory like an elephant, always gives warm hugs, and though he is essentially non-verbal, he has a uncanny understanding of humor and sensitivity to emotion expressed. No matter how he has been treated before he became my foster son "born of the heart" at 10 years old, he still has solidarity for those who could not treat him well. It stands that yes, while he is developmentally delayed and moderately intellectually delayed, he still has the capacity to love and dare I say, forgive? It's incredible because in my experience he is the only ever, absolute non-judgmental person. He's pretty much my life coach. πŸ˜‰

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Everything has conditions, some are easier than other to fullfill.

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Ever had a dog? Pretty unconditional love from them and back again. It is god spelled backwards, incidentally.

Indeed Zen . Totally agree.

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I would have to say yes. I would always love my daughter without conditions.

yep, my comment is the same, I love my kids unconditionally, but no-one else.

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Interesting question. I've read about types of love like romantic or friendly/brotherly. I think there is only one kind. You love or you don't. And I think once you decide to do it you are stuck with it for life, even if you can't stand to be around someone later for numerous reasons, you still love them. Someone once asked me how I could love someone that didn't love me back. I just looked at them like they were children, not enough life experience yet to understand the answer, which would have included explaining infatuation. I guess in answer to your question, all love is unconditional. Conditions may arrise that anger or repulse us to the point of hating things a person has done, possibly enough to evoke amnesia that we forget we love them.

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I love my daughter w/o reservation.

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Yes. I've seen it a few times in people and often in dogs. unfortunately humans have a hard time actually loving.

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For me up to now with 2 kids yes. I love them without putting conditions on that love(although I do tell them my favorite one is the one that is most well behaved) but I'd say personally as far as my children are concerned yes it is a thing.

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The only unconditional love that I have ever experienced comes from my best friend, Frankie my dog.
What the religionists call unconditional love is nothing but a delusion. This so-called God loves them so much that he would burn them in eternal hellfire at the drop of a hat.

Dogs are my favorite people.

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a dog is the closest you will get i think

I'm a cat person, but I don't get unconditional love from them (nor, I guess, do they from me.) We get along just fine. I can believe it could come from a dog. Maybe not all dogs, though.

if you have a dog and bring it up right they will 100% love and look up to you as they are pack animals so partly instinct. cats are solitary so have different motives.

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By nature we can not love unconditional. Even the most "pure" love we feel, have one kind of condition.
Try to define "unconditional".

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If so, I'd imagine it would be only one sided.

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BACON, need i say more ????

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No unconditional love. Your other half cheats on you, lies to you, and steals your stuff. Done.

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I’d not have understood the concept without having children, and must now answer, yes. I feel it. I give it. There’ve been times in my life I’d have liked to have killed my parents, for good reason.. But have to admit, I unconditionally love them.

My question is, can you experience it beyond blood kin..?

Varn Level 8 Dec 18, 2017
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Of course there is. Well, with certain reservations and qualifications. ❀

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Everything may be possible next to unconditional evil.

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I believe that unconditional love is for children. That is, something to be bestowed only on one’s children, because no matter what they do you will always love them.
I no longer believe in unconditional love In relationships, because in my experience that led to me loving someone unconditionally while he treated me very badly. It is ok to set boundaries for yourself and to remove people from your life if they are willing to harm you. So, my condition is that others treat me with love and kindness. This, I think, is different from β€œconditional love” which implies that you can give and withhold love depending on what others do.

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No. You can make anyone not love you anymore.

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Unconditional is impossible for anything with emotions.

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Imagine that the person that you love the most. Now imagine finding out that this person has done the worst thing imaginable (this is down to your own imagination, take your time and think about what this could be. Then ask yourself do you still love this person, If yes then I would argue that unconditional love does exist.

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maybe at the pinnacle of the Maslowian pyramid

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Define love.

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After a lot of thought... my answer is NO!
If a family member begged for forgiveness I would probably forgive because of love for a child. It all depends on knowing the person and what they've done. We said it a lot in AA. We were not suppose to know the person or their actions. Only that they are a human being needing help with alcohol. We were to allow them an opportunity to listen and later on make a comment. That's a hard question if i were asked in a meeting where beginners were. I truely would like them to get the help they need. It might be whats needed to help his family. There's really no rules that state I have to love a person so it's NO.

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