The term ‘unconditional love’ is usually taken to mean something like ‘altruism’ — an emotion or attitude directed towards something, a child, ‘humanity’ or ‘God’, or whatever. This is a lovely idea and there may be a lovely truth to it, but it obscures a far more important sense of the expression — an experience of love that is not caused by anything.

Is it possible to experience love, a sense of vivid joy, a sense of grateful giving over of the self, a sense of soft-edged surrender — or however you want to describe it — for no reason at all? Could there be such an experience that is innate, basic to consciousness even?

As with anything of fundamental importance, either it is true for you, or it is not. Either you have experienced such love — or somewhere smouldering in your bones, sense that it is in reach — or you haven’t. Either the facts of unconditional love will strike you as silly, made-up, an exercise in creative expression, or there will be a tang of truth in them.

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This study was carried out by a team of experts in the burgeoning field of Unconditional Love Studies. These experts, trained in rupturing acts of insane generosity, daily hour-long orgasms of sublime clarity, sweeping the room as it should be done, letting go of moodies and having-to-be-right and knuckling down for years in service to the greater good, were sent into the field to investigate attitudes towards unconditional love and experiences of it. They made strange and delightful discoveries.

EMOTIONS OF AVERAGE PERSON BEFORE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

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EMOTIONS OF AVERAGE PERSON AFTER UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

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THOUGHTS OF AVERAGE PERSON BEFORE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

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THOUGHTS OF AVERAGE PERSON AFTER UNCONDITIONAL LOVE


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