The Perfect Union

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is certainly in the air. But what is love?


According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, love as a “union” is a view that exists in one’s desire to form a union, or a “we” with another individual. While union theorists believe that this desire is in fact real, they differ on their perspectives as to how this “we” is actually formed. Debate rages on whether this “we” forms a new entity, or whether the “we” is a mere metaphor. There’s just something comforting about a union, whether physical or metaphorical.


Case in point, the Things That Fit Perfectly Into Other Things website. “Seeing totally unrelated objects perfectly nestle inside of each other provides a certain kind of peace in an otherwise chaotic world.” –  Well put. So strangely satisfying to see two coming together as one, fitting so naturally – while still maintaining their individuality. Sounds like love to me. For now, back to the cage.