Is there really such a thing as love at first sight? Many would claim that there is, and that they have had firsthand experience of it. But is this merely to confuse sexual attraction with love? Is love “at first sight” even possible; and what exactly does the qualification “at first sight” mean anyway? So, let’s first define our terms and see if we can make sense of this popular idea.
In fact, the idea of love at first sight appears to be somewhat of a misnomer since it cannot reasonably be taken literally. This is because merely seeing someone does not afford a sufficient window into the nature of the person seen. For example, seeing Brad Pitt or Gwyneth Paltrow in their latest flicks is not a basis for loving them. Indeed, the characters sauntering about on the screen are not really the actors themselves, an obvious fact that some groupies seem to miss. These fans may be sexually attracted to, or infatuated with, the actors but they cannot be said to love them because they really do not know them even if they know some things about them (for example, from
Gabriel D Odonkor