Essay On Romantic Love

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1. Introduction
Religion has commonly been conceptualised as a sacred entity that is the binary of the secular world (Matthews, 2012). Hence there have been debates over whether human emotions such as romantic love can be compatible with religion as these traits may be deemed as human hubris in religion. Romantic love is an eclectic concept that can take on different meanings in different contexts; hence the romantic love that I will discuss in this essay will be based on the concepts of Romanticism and Love. Romanticism is the response to the Enlightenment which exalted “the mind and reason as the sole source of knowledge and experience”; conversely, Romanticism emphasised the “emotional experience of life” and the individual’s experiences (Lippy & Williams, 2010). Next, love, according to the “Triangular Theory of Love” would entail “intimacy, passion, and commitment” (Sternberg, 1986). Therefore the definition of romantic love in this essay would be the awe-inspiring and
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He was known to have walked long distances to help a single person. The Buddha also broke socio-political barriers and “challenged the caste system”. He “gave women full freedom to participate” in Buddhism by accepting them into his ministry and “enobled” the status of criminals and courtesans when they were despised by the rest of society. To the Buddha, “the whole of mankind is one family” (Dhammananda, 1987).

Romantic love thus existed between the Buddha and His followers because he sacrificed his life of luxury at the prime of his life to personally teach people how to escape suffering, and in the process he had to go through many years of suffering and similarly, his followers followed in his arduous footsteps and renounced their family ties and material possessions.

3. The Incompatibility of Romantic Love and
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