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True or false: “If you love someone let them go”

September 23, 2017
  • True. If they return they were always yours and if they don’t they never were
  • False. True love is worth fighting for

Love. That four-letter word that has perplexed humankind for millennia and inspired countless songs, poems, movies, and late-night ice cream binges. We’ve all heard the phrase, “If you love someone, let them go.” But is this romantic axiom a testament to the true essence of love or a poetic fallacy? Let’s dive in and explore both sides of this love-infused coin.

“True. If they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.”

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This sentiment is reminiscent of those classic love stories where lovers are separated by fate, distance, or some seriously bad decisions. Think about Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from “Pride and Prejudice” – misunderstandings and societal pressures threatened their union, but in the end, true love prevailed. The idea is that love, when genuine, is like a boomerang. Even if you toss it into the wind, it finds its way back.

This perspective can be seen as a nod to the power of destiny. Some folks argue that if two people are truly meant for each other, they’ll find their way back, no matter the odds. After all, a survey showed that 52% of Americans believe in the idea of soulmates. So, for these romantics, love isn’t about possession, but rather about understanding and trust.

However, it’s not all roses and candlelit dinners. Sometimes, letting go can be a healthy decision. For example, if a relationship is toxic, hanging on can do more harm than good. According to another survey, around 35% of people admitted they’ve stayed in relationships longer than they should have, often out of fear or comfort. Hence, letting go can sometimes be a true testament to love – wishing the best for someone, even if that means not being together.

“False. True love is worth fighting for.”

On the flip side, we have the never-say-die romantics who believe that when you find “the one,” you hold on with both hands, feet, and maybe even a prehensile tail (if you had one). This perspective is echoed in blockbuster hits like “The Notebook,” where Noah and Allie’s love story is anything but smooth sailing. But despite challenges, they fight for their love, proving that some things are worth the struggle.

For these die-hard lovers, obstacles aren’t deterrents but tests of commitment. Remember the iconic line from the movie “A Knight’s Tale”? – “I will fight for you until your heart stops beating.” Now, while not everyone might go to medieval jousting lengths, the sentiment remains the same: if love is genuine, it’s worth every hurdle.

Interestingly, statistics add weight to this perspective. A survey revealed that couples who faced challenges together and overcame them often reported stronger relationship bonds. Around 60% of respondents stated that working through major issues, rather than letting go, helped solidify their relationship. So, like forging steel, sometimes the fires of adversity make love stronger.

But what about all the songs that tell us to fight for love? From Pat Benatar’s “Love is a Battlefield” to Celine Dion’s “The Power of Love,” music history is replete with anthems urging us to persevere in the face of romantic adversity. And let’s not forget the all-important advice from our friends and family, who often remind us, “Anything worth having is worth fighting for.”

To Sum It Up:

To let go or to hang on tight – that is the question. Whether you’re a free spirit who believes in the power of destiny or a passionate lover ready to battle dragons for your beloved, both stances on love have their merits.

In the end, love is as diverse as the 331 million people living in the USA. It’s multifaceted, intricate, and a little bit nutty – kind of like a chocolate-covered pretzel. And just like choosing between salted caramel and triple fudge ice cream flavors, the choice of how to approach love is deeply personal.

So, the next time you find yourself pondering the mysteries of the heart, remember: whether you choose to let go or fight with all your might, both paths are traveled by many a love-struck soul. And no matter which path you choose, always remember to bring along some ice cream for the journey!

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