An Amazing example of love, healing together & learning from one another:
Where there is love, do what you will, it will be right action. It will never bring conflict to one's life. In the flame of love, all fear is consumed ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
i love this:
ISness .... Indivisibility
Wait...some of us are NOT attracted to the opposite sex but to the same sex or to nobody or to BOTH sexes (yes and some to any sex/gender)
So IMHO it's wider than that. Much wider than reproduction, which doesn't happen with every couple anyway, most but not all.
OOH love has many reasons.
OK recently, it wasn't exactly relationships as such? But two men have positively influenced my life. It started with ooh he's cute and he thinks I am! and there being a connection. In both cases it started that way. But...even though it hasn't become a relationship? In both cases it's been a very positive influence!
One was a very calming and lightening up influence in my life for a time when I felt at times like I was going out of my mind with worry. He cheered me up so much, helped me put things in perspective. Yes, when he left I had to learn to do that more for myself.
The next one, well, he's helped me get over some trauma. He doesn't KNOW about this trauma or some fears I had. But he's helped me heal a lot from them, without even KNOWING he's DOING that. To face my fears, like some kind of exposure therapy, but also with some of them, show me that they are actually not that bad and I COULD survive them. Then helping me not to need to. Helped me trust have to really REALLY trust someone. A LOT. And not have that trust taken away from me. I feel like maybe MAYBE that trust that being more vulnerable will help me when I DO get into a relationship. Helped me also in an area of life I have struggled with for several years.
SO this is my very long winded example-given way of saying, love can also bring a lot of growth too. Personal growth. Profound growth even. I'm not saying solitude and other kinds of love can't bring growth too, because of COURSE they can! But that's one beautiful way growth and positive change can come, through love.