If it was deemed suitable to post here I might inform you that I have known love and know exactly the feeling you describe Bob but I didn't think to attach it to any other cause than that the person, I should say people, were deserving of love. And it seemed a perfectly normal emotional reaction to me. Almost everyone falls in loves or loves someone or something. To need permission or enlightenment from an outside source to teach you how makes one wonder just what was missing there. But then that's what I'm looking for, that missing bit that a religious 'epiphany' had to fill. . But I can't say that here, it isn't the right place. I can't say again either that to view atheism as a religion is not only erroneous thinking but kind of insulting, but not the right thread for me to comment about it ... okay to be accused or denigrated on but not okay to reply. I could skulk off and start a little ghetto thread where I won't annoy those who are scared to think about anything that differs from what they consider the norm but really, it's just not worth it. I'll leave the subject to be discussed in circles by the convinced and converted. It was worth a try.