Friday, March 4, 2016

The cure for unrequited love

My son is in love with one of my coworkers (well, as in love as a five-year-old can be). Whenever he visits my office, he gives her lots of hugs, tells her secrets and brings her chocolate from my candy drawer. She adores him and gives him lots of attention, playing her part in his little crush.

As much as he claims to love her, I am sure that he will one day grow out of his crush and eventually fall in love with someone else and even have his heart broken a few times. I've always thought that falling in love and getting your heart broken are just a part of growing up. But it doesn't have to be.

A recent essay in Aeon discusses the concept of having drugs to fix our broken hearts. The idea behind this medical fix isn't just for the pangs of unrequited teenage love, but for those people who suffer from obsessive love and depression over a series of years.

But the question remains: Would you want to fix a broken heart with medicine? Is it better to be inspired, moved, motivated and heartbroken by your emotions or better to not be a slave to them at all?

The answer is personal, of course, but it is interesting to think about a future where advice to heal a broken heart like "time heals all wounds" could be replaced with a little pill.

Would you be interested in taking some medicine to mend a broken heart? Tell me in the comments. 

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