Happy Valentine’s Day (Excuse Me While I Geek Out)

So let’s be honest for a second, even at the sake of romance: Love doesn’t exist.

There.  I said it.

We’re smart enough and evolved enough in our thinking to know that what we think of as love is just a chemical reaction happening in our brains. Frankly, there love is nothing more than a bunch of neurons firing in a specific sequence in our brains.  There is no “love”, so get over it.  It’s an imaginary feeling that we seem to sense when exposed to certain external stimuli.

Wait…that’s not what I wanted to talk about. Pragmatically thinking about love isn’t sexy. What’s sexy?

I know…algebra!  Let’s talk about the square root of negative one.

They call it “i” or an “imaginary number”, a concept that frankly I’m fascinated by.  The square root of a negative one is a concept that doesn’t make any sense.  It’s impossible to take the square root of a negative number, but it’s necessary to so many of the most basic equations that we have to have a place-holder for one.  Even though it can’t possibly exist, there’s so much we couldn’t do without it that we have to accept it as a variable.

Wait a second…that sounds familiar.

Even though we must admit that love is nothing more than an imagined feeling and not something that can possibly exist, it is THE most important feeling in our lives. Believing in love doesn’t make any sense, and yet it’s necessary to the basic essence of what makes us human. There’s so much we couldn’t do without it even though it doesn’t exist.

Sometimes the impossible is worth believing in…sometimes it’s necessary to believe in.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

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