Another lovely article from my lovely friend

Tush Mbeke

Are you in love, or is it lust? Love and lust are inextricably intertwined. When asked, I suspect most people would describe being in love as feeling strongly attracted to someone else, as considering another person to be overwhelmingly desirable. When people are in love, we imagine that they’re constantly preoccupied with thoughts of their beloved, and that they want nothing more than to be with that person.

Actually, however, these feelings don’t describe love at all. They describe lust. Lust is an initial physical attraction to another person. It’s overwhelmingly powerful and it’s driven by pheromones – although we’re not generally aware of that.

When we’re madly attracted to someone else, it’s because we sense (unconsciously) that they’d make an excellent genetic match, someone who would allow us to produce the strongest and healthiest offspring. Lust is all about the survival of our DNA. It’s not about long-term compatibility…

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