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Is there a difference between Caring and Loving? Do they go hand in hand?


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Do Caring and Loving go hand in hand. Can you have one and not the other?



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I think it depends on the relative context. For instance, caring can be an action or a sentiment. (One might say the same of loving.) Love also takes on various nuances. Is love an emotion? A passion? A sense of blissful oneness? Is caring a matter of sympathy? Compassion? Concern over physical conditions? An effort to increase the comfort of another? 


Can one experience love without care? I think, yes. In a transcendental state, one may realize unity with the very essence of Love. In that state, love is not experienced as an emotion or sentiment, nor is it experienced in a subject-object manner. That is, Love essentially is nondual. When one experiences That nondual Love, care is irrelevant, as care seems to be necessarily subject-object oriented. 


But, in the realm of relative existence, I think love and care usually do go together. Whether that care is sentiment or action, and the manner in which such action is exercised would then seem to be the distinction. 

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Love and caring don't always go hand in hand; people just like an idealized balance of both. And yes, you can have one without the other.

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