Few words in the English language convey such a range of meanings as the word "love". For many, love is the point of existence, for others it's the manifestation of the divine, for some it is a tool of oppression. No subject has spawned so much poetry. But what is love? Is it an animalistic urge, a mystical aspiration, a social construct, a neurological glitch, or nothing at all?
Love is a societal toolShow moreShow less
Love is an artificial construct which oppresses women and reinforces the patriarchy.
As society has industrialised, individuals have become increasingly alienated from their lives and communities. Urban areas promote individuality rather than collectivism, leading to a pandemic of loneliness.
A coping mechanism is defined as "an adaptation to environmental stress that is based on conscious or unconscious choice and that enhances control over behaviour or gives psychological comfort." Industrialisation and urbanisation pushes people to seek out love as a coping mechanism to fill the void of loneliness. The romantic partner acts as a symbolic coping mechanism, a refuge from the daily slog of life as a worker in an industrialised society.
Romantic love has risen as "a direct response to the rise of capitalism, and serv[ing] as a counterweight to the atomism that resulted from the breakup of traditional communal forms of social life." People look for love for the companionship rather than for the passionate romance.
[P1] The industrialisation of society cause individuals to be alienated from their communities.
[P2] Individuals have found refuge from this condition in romantic love.