People like to talk about the human condition as though it's shaped by only pain and loss. We hold up the tragedy as though it is the most essential narrative that humanity has to offer. Here is my rebuttal...
From a psychological perspective, pretty much all animal life has an innate ability to be aggressive. If you put the cutest puppy in the wrong situation, you get an aggressive dangerous animal that has no choice but to follow it's fight-or-flight instincts. When you move to higher order mammals, you begin to find the ability to seemingly emotionally bond with other animals. Going back to the puppy example, a dog seems to have the ability to see other dogs, and other animals as worth protecting, and even seems to enjoy contact with other animals.
This means, while we are affected by the same instincts as other animals. We can choose to not follow them. So just because someone feeds and protects you, you don't have to love that person. Love is a choice. And when, in a world where the very action of loving another opens a person to tragedy of loss, people still choose to open themselves to loving another in the most foolish and beautiful way, I can not help but be grateful for the privilege of baring witness.
I'm Grateful for Love!
Just a Thought... #CarryOn