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    You can't Love Something Inanimate Because...?

    My wife's grandfather has this saying that drives me bonkers. He says that you can't love an object because it can't love you back. You can't love your car because your car can't love you back, but you can like your car.

    So I say, but, if you can't love it because it can't love you back, how can you like it if it can't like you back?

    Anyway, I can't decide if he is a genius or just bonkers. Any thoughts on this? Is there anything to it?

    He is about 110 years old (okay, 91+) and he says this about 15 times each time we see him. Apparently he's been saying it for the better part of 30 years.

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    Who cares? Just buy him a Philosophy book for his next Birthday.
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    He's an old coot. History is full of people that have fallen in love with people that don't love them back. Are they not really in love, then? I love my cat, but I doubt she has the same sense of love that I do. Does that mean I don't love my cat?

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    I love lamp.
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    Do you really love the lamp, or are you just saying it because you saw it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SonataInFSharp View Post
    My wife's grandfather has this saying that drives me bonkers. He says that you can't love an object because it can't love you back. You can't love your car because your car can't love you back, but you can like your car.

    So I say, but, if you can't love it because it can't love you back, how can you like it if it can't like you back?

    Anyway, I can't decide if he is a genius or just bonkers. Any thoughts on this? Is there anything to it?

    He is about 110 years old (okay, 91+) and he says this about 15 times each time we see him. Apparently he's been saying it for the better part of 30 years.
    I'd say its good advice.

    To me, at its core, its saying 'real love' is for living things (family/people and pets). It's a good motto not to get too attached to 'things' over 'people'.

    My vote is for genius.
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    I love my bikes, love my socks, my fancy pens, my jewelry, my fishies (they don't do a heck of a lot of lovin' back!) and all sorts of stuff. Suddenly I feel rather materialistic ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
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    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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    I love my bike and my camera. I think they do love me back. So there!
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    I love my violin. If something happened to it, I could get another one, but I couldn't replace it.

    I really like my bikes. However, if something happened to them, they could be replaced.
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    If you actually love stuff, time to re-examine your entire life.

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    Okay, okay. So I mistranslate my love for how my bike and camera make me feel as love for my bike and camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bklyn
    Obviously, the guy's like a 12th level white wizard or something. His mere presence is a danger to mortals.

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    My shriveled, blackened heart is physically pained by love. You insensitive clods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bklyn
    Obviously, the guy's like a 12th level white wizard or something. His mere presence is a danger to mortals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tude View Post
    my fancy pens
    Damn, that just made me realize how bad I need to get some mutual loving going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    My shriveled, blackened heart is physically pained by love. You insensitive clods.
    I thought you loved scotch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    I thought you loved scotch tape.
    Foo goofed it for you.
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    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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    Wow, my first thread that materialized into something more than 5 or 6 replies!! Let's see if we can get this thing onto a second page while we are at it!

    I am now a FOOster, regardless of how long I have been at this prior to this!

    I like KTs reply best so far, though.

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    Congrats, Sonata!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bklyn
    Obviously, the guy's like a 12th level white wizard or something. His mere presence is a danger to mortals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SonataInFSharp View Post
    I like KTs reply best so far, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SonataInFSharp View Post
    My wife's grandfather has this saying that drives me bonkers. He says that you can't love an object because it can't love you back. You can't love your car because your car can't love you back, but you can like your car.

    So I say, but, if you can't love it because it can't love you back, how can you like it if it can't like you back?

    Anyway, I can't decide if he is a genius or just bonkers. Any thoughts on this? Is there anything to it?

    He is about 110 years old (okay, 91+) and he says this about 15 times each time we see him. Apparently he's been saying it for the better part of 30 years.
    I used to love a teddy bear when I was little. My son loves a stuffed killer whale and my daughter loves her stuffed Easter bunny. When you love something, it is not dependent on being loved back.

    I've also loved many girls who never loved me back BTW...

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    My shriveled, blackened heart is physically pained by love. You insensitive clods.
    Oh you're just a big ole puddy cat at heart, now come over here and get yer noogies.
    Last edited by Tude; 04-15-09 at 02:23 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
    I've also loved many girls who never loved me back BTW...
    +1. my pretty girl repellent formula was perfected back in college, has yet to fail me and apparently never washes off.

    my stuffed animals unconditionally love me back. they dont care if i came in last, or first, theyre just happy i came home yes, im 35, male and not well adjusted.

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    edit: my bikes also love me ans so doesn my favorite ******.

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    I don't love nothin' or nobody. And I'm cool with that. So there.
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    I must be going blind, I read this thread title as: You can't Love Something Inmate Because...?
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    Ok, I got one. I love playing the guitar, but since it doesn't love me back, I guess I only like playing it.

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