Love, in its many forms, should be encouraged and held sacred. Too often, unless that love falls within the parameters of the current paradigm, it is not only openly discouraged but also actively quelled. In this discussion, we each bring our own perception into the debate. One hundred or more years ago, love between people of differing skin tones would be considered anathema. In the middle part of the 20th century, showing love for your children was, by some, considered detrimental to their development. Currently, the topic of same-sex marriage and relationships has been at the forefront. In all of these cases, love should be tantamount.
Some would ask if this ideal allows the individual to break through not only the social norms of a society but also their legal system. Too often, those who would endanger a protected population have taken up the cry for universal love. This is where the distinction between love and physical sex has to take place. Like many topics, the balance between the needs of society and the needs of the individual becomes a game of give and take. Like many other societies, there are those things that we as a culture see as taboo. These taboos often cut to the very instinctual core of the person. Creating this distinction between taboo and communal mores can be difficult but must be accomplished.
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