Everyone wants to find true love. But have you ever stopped and thought about what love really is?
Someone who definitely has is educator Brad Troeger, whose five minute animation What Is Love? raises some seriously big questions about love and its importance in the universal scheme of things.
To some, he theorises, love is the single most important thing in life. "More important than shelter, sanity or an exceptional turkey sandwich," he jokes. It's certainly the most intensely thought about thing in all of human history—the lion's share of music and literature being devoted to its machinations. A "magical emotion" then? Or just "a set of behaviours associated with the feeling—holding hands, having kids" and so on. But that's a rather subjective, personalised way of looking at love, because after all, there are plenty of people who love deeply, but simply don't go in for child rearing or public displays of affection.
Is there then, rather less poetry in love than we'd like to believe? Is love simply the universe's way of populating its land masses? "[Are crushes] biology's way to continue the species?" asks Troeger.
There's another even less palatable theory—that love is simply a form of madness. An addiction to another person that, for some, lasts a lifetime, for another, the time it takes to drink a skinny latte.
Bottom line, argues Troeger, there is no definitive answer to the question: what is love?
But if all that's left you a little bit deflated and wondering if romance has finally died, here's a lovely thought to finish with: "If no two people are the same, no two people's love is the same either."