Schopenhauer's Love Essay

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“Love interrupts at every hour at the most serious occupations, and sometimes perplexes for a while even the greatest minds.” – Schopenhauer1 All of us that have been in love can identify with this quote, but the real question is how do we find, and choose our lovers? Schopenhauer would argue that making a decision, about an ultimate lover is merely biological. He believes in something he calls the will to life which he defines as “an inherent drive within human beings to stay alive and reproduce.”1 We sometimes even ask ourselves why him, or why her? We have absolutely no conscious say in the partner we pick, and that our animalistic subconscious picks our lovers. Yes, humans do romantic things with their lovers, and for their lovers to strengthen the connection like: picnics, expensive dinners, and rose petals on the floor. But the main decision is ultimately based on biological factors alone. The last thing you’re thinking about when getting someone’s number at a club is having a baby, but subconsciously that’s the truth .1 I will analyze Schopenhauer’s ideas of love, giving modern evidence, as well as stories of personal experience throughout the next few paragraphs. I believe Schopenhauer hit the nail right on the head when it comes to love (besides his idea of polygamy.)
I didn’t always believe that choosing our partner, was out of our conscious control until I met my current boyfriend Will. I also believed that we had complete free will when it comes to most things, especially when it comes down to picking lovers. But the conditions that we met under seem like they were planned out by something larger. It was two months before my 20th birthday, and I was looking up possible dance venues to go for my birthday. It took a while because I don’t enjoy modern night clubs, and I was underage. A particular salsa club caught my eye, so my cousin and I decided to try it out to see if it was fun. When I got there I found out there are classes an hour before free dance starts, I chose the intermediate class. Will and I were left without a partner after everyone paired up, and he told me it was his first time there as well. Right away our dance chemistry was super intense. When class was over we parted. I didn’t see him until the very end of the night. We danced once, and then I got dizzy, so he got me water, and we went to talk outside. He told me about himself, and was making me laugh; it seemed as if he was someone I had known for quite a while. He also told me he does ballroom dance outside of salsa (like me), and we agreed to go to different venues to dance together. Next we went to a venue that has swing dance; we agreed to be dance partners. After dance we went to see a midnight movie, with other friends as well. I hadn’t had that much fun in a long time; looking back on it, it was one of the most fun nights I’ve ever had. At the end of the night he tried to kiss me. I told him I wasn’t looking for a boyfriend right now. I also told him I...

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