V4L Challenge 12

Do Aminals Feel Love?

Match dot com strikes again!

We are talking about romantic love in this post, not love for friends or trains or apple pie with those yummy crumbs on top (mmm pie!). 💖

Humans are animals, and we have defined love as something that at least some humans feel (🚺), so technically the answer is yes. But Rory means “lower” animals, so let’s focus on them. I’m not going to nitpick over the definition of love either. Either it exists or it doesn’t. If you believe it’s only a sciencey thing, made up of chemical type reactions, we can stick with that across the board, from humans to spiders. If you believe it’s a woowoo thing, full of golden stardust and eternal flames and whatnot, we’ll shovel that in the mix. I don’t care. Just be consistent. Why would humans have soul mates and gorillas not? Oh right. God said. It’s in that book. 🙄

So. Back to logic. The higher animals (primates, dogs, cats, pigs, dolphins, yada) feel things, or react to them similarly to us in such ways that it’s fair to say they experience emotional states parallel to ours. We’re talking about fear, anger, and even some advanced concepts such as fair play. Look it up. But many hesitate when it comes to asserting that animals feel love. They’ll say a dog is “loyal” because he’s programmed to be, or a cat stays close only because you feed her. 🐱

But we could say the same about humans then and define away the concept of love altogether. Husband stays because he’s loyal, took vows, is concerned about his reputation, etc. Wife stays because she likes the nice big house and lifestyle. Where is the love? What is love? 💕

If we posit that love between humans (or among for you pervs) is something beyond these cold material things, beyond sexual attraction, then why hesitate when it comes to animals?

Idk! People weird things is my best guess. If you’re wondering whether I answered the question in this jabberish, that’s fair. I hedged. I say if there is a thing we’re defining as love for humans, then all higher animals should not be excluded from the circle. But I am an atheist and, despite my poetry (and even my latest fictional WIP) which can careen into the woo to better illustrate emotions, I don’t believe in souls, soul mates, eternal flames, fate, or anything of that nature.

Watch out for cranky tigers! 🐯

4 responses to “V4L Challenge 12

  1. A good answer Paula, l think we have to look at the defining of love in the first place, is it purely a chemical inbalance, is it a straight forwards attraction and then a love of affection and companionship ensues, a principal of wanting to be in the company of the significant other? Is it a bonding principal.

    Many animals whilst not specifically feeling a human love as in the same emotions are more than capable of expressing emotion – l have seen dogs cry over losing mates on the roadside if hit by a car – is this not a form of love, of loss. the loss of a friend, of a companion – animals feel as much as human beings just differently, and by this l am referring to animals that have brains similiar to the human – but can they feel romantic / courting love? well some species certainly display rituals similiar to humans.

    Is it love or is it attachment?

    Well done for tackling the posed question 🙂

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  2. Reblogged this on A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip! and commented:
    Paula expresses herself well with V4L 2019 Ch 12
    Do you think that animals feel love?

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