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What defines the word "love"? Show more Show less

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 tool Show more Show less

Love is an artificial construct which oppresses women and reinforces the patriarchy.
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Love is a coping mechanism

Love has become a societal reaction to industrialisation. As more people more into cities and experience its isolating effect, the more they seek out love for companionship against loneliness.
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The Argument

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.[1] 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."[2] 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."[3] People look for love for the companionship rather than for the passionate romance.

Counter arguments



[P1] The industrialisation of society cause individuals to be alienated from their communities. [P2] Individuals have found refuge from this condition in romantic love.

Rejecting the premises


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