RationalEgoistSG

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  1. My Best Photographs

    Thanks! I use digital. The photos that I have up there were taken from 3 or 4 different cameras over a couple of years. Most of the cameras were just simple point and shoots. But about half of the pictures from Italy were taken with a Nikon D80 that I was able to borrow for a few days of the trip. That was in fact my first time to Italy. I took 2,780 photos in 10 days. I selected 975 of my favorites from that lot and posted them onto a different site, but I am not happy with their interface. Right now I'm in the process of getting them onto flickr and getting some captions up. So check back soon! I'm hoping to buy a DSLR of my own once I have enough money and start trying to sell some photos or get involved into photography in some other way.
  2. My Best Photographs

    I would just like to share my best photographs. I took these in Rome, Florence, Tuscany, Umbria, New York City, and Washington D.C. Wouldn't it be great to make a living working for a magazine and traveling the world taking photos? You can find my photos here.
  3. Stephen's Health

    I was deeply saddened to learn of Stephen's passing. I did not know him personally but I enjoyed reading many of his posts and have been quite grateful to see the creation of this forum. My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. I wish I could say more...
  4. I recently began a relationship with a wonderful woman, a good friend of mine of 3 years. We know each other very well, and we are both Objectivists. The way I feel about her and our burgeoning relationship is like nothing I've ever felt before. I've always been really cautious about becoming too emotionally invested in a relationship before its due. In this case however, this woman fits my standards so exactly that I can't help but feel that our relationship has very serious potential. She's unlike anyone that I've ever known and we are incredibly compatible. In other words, strong emotional feelings are definitely due. It seems to me that it is prudent to date her for a given period of time before I think to myself that I love her. It makes sense to assume that you see a different side of a person in a relationship, and thus it is wise to get that additional context in mind before forming a judgment. But at the same time, I've been a close friend for 3 years, and I have a very good indication of her character and values as a result. A lot of the knowledge that I would need to gain in the context of a new relationship I already have from our prior friendship. So I'm wondering, at what point does it make sense for a person to definitively know that they are in love? If I were to define romantic love as extreme admiration + physical intimacy, there's no question that I have that now. If this feeling of romantic love requires time in order to flower, then of course I do not have it, since the relationship is new. There's also the fact that there is always a certain giddiness about the beginning of a new relationship. However, I've experienced that feeling before, and what I'm feeling now is substantially different. This is obviously very personal information, but I am genuninely interested in the question as such, and do not mind sharing it given how important the potential answer is to me.
  5. How Do You Know When You Are In Love?

    I don't want particularly want to go into detail, but I just wanted to update this. The girl that I had mentioned in this thread and I broke up a few weeks ago. We dated for 2 months. We are very similar people, but I hadn't considered that a good relationship requires more than just two people that have feelings for each other. The two people need to be looking for the same things in a relationship too, and that just wasn't the case here. When I initially posted about "controlling" the degree of my feelings at the start, I was thinking about a situation like this. I think it's really easy to idealize a person at the start and be overly optimistic about the chances of a relationship becoming serious. So I think it makes sense to be cautious at the beginning to insure that one is being entirely objective about future potential. What do you all think?
  6. How Do You Know When You Are In Love?

    Thank you very much for this. I'm somewhere between 4 and 5.
  7. How Do You Know When You Are In Love?

    To clarify, my initial question has pretty much been answered. I am still interested in some subsidiary questions that arise as a result however, like what makes love qualitatively different than other positive emotions, as well as the other questions that I asked in my response to the posters. Thanks!
  8. How Do You Know When You Are In Love?

    Thank you all for your responses so far. They have been insightful and very helpful. I will respond to each poster in the order in which they posted. Thanks for the welcome! I'm glad to be here! Thank you as well for pointing out the flaws in that definition. I stand happily corrected. As for the little "warning light," I mentioned that earlier in this post, in regards to a former relationship. I am very confident that this current love is nothing like that earlier situation (which happened about 5 and a half years ago). To answer your last question. I have never fallen in love before, but I'm pretty sure that I have now! Thank you all.