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Depends on who it is.
 

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Which definition of subjective?
 

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Just like every other emotion, are all other chemical reactions in our body subjective or objective
 

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Why would you believe love is defined by action? Is action really necessary for love to exist? Perhaps love can exist on its own without action. Perhaps action is only one of the outcomes of love. Perhaps the essence of love is something that is yet to be defined.

Is it subjective? Perhaps, it has many manifestations such as, like how you suggested, loving actions. Those actions differ from person to person as do their interpretations.

I am of the school however that it is objective. Having adopted the statement "God is love" into the core of my philosophy, I believe the essence of the two to be interchangeable. They are one in the same to me. Therefore all the definitions one might carry for God hold true for love. God is constant, unchanging, everywhere, everything, infinite, and perfect. It would then be logical to induce that love cannot be fully appreciated by a rational or at least finite mind. We may only get glimpses of parts of it but we may never understand it as a whole.

In fact, it may be both. We see the spectrum of light in the rainbow and to us, those are the colors. We only see part of it there are even more wavelengths that we cannot fathom beyond ultraviolet and infrared. Different species are sensitive to different wavelengths on that spectrum. Bright red to a Homo sapien might look like it is orange to a Pan troglodyte. It is the same wavelength of light but it appears differently to each species. Therefore, to each individual, it may seem subjective but there is also an objective way to look at it.

So does love require action? If we are in a dark room, we can consider love as light. Love manifested through action can be the visible spectrum. However, if someone were to shine an infrared light around the room, can we say that there is no light? If we cannot see love, does that mean it is not there?

It is up for you to interpret that.
 

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I mean love in the sense of "doing something good for others" and not in the sense of "romantic love".
What exactly are you asking?

"Is doing something good for others subjective or objective?"

Do you want a 'fixed', 'permanent', or 'concrete' answer? Because you won't get one with this question.

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sub·jec·tive /səbˈjektiv/
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Based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions.

ob·jec·tive /əbˈjektiv/
Adjective:
(of a person or their judgment) Not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.
 

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Love is a state of mind. If we can think it, we can feel it. I don't think its any more subjective than objective. It just is...a state of being.
 

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Subjective...not sure why it would be objective. It accounts for objective factors though, but there's no arguing it might as well be the most subjective state in existence.
 

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In philosophy, objective means a mind-independent reality, where the facts are true, no matter what we hope, wish, believe or feel, while subjective depends on our attitudes, feelings, etc. Any kind of love is subjective by definition.
If you were living with my family you would understand the nature of that question... It's like if love is defined by some rules that you have to embrace to be considered a loving person or "someone who has love"
as they say.
 

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One's reason for loving someone/thing may be objective, and one can be objective in the way they express Love. But I honestly can't see how Love in itself can be anything but subjective...

The only purpose of objectivity is to express and protect the subjective; objectivity is the means to the end, subjectivity is the end.
 
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My original intention was more like: if love is action or if we act because of love?, but that question is interesting as well...
In my opinion, love is only real inside of human perception, there is no love in reality.

Knowing this, love subjectively is the thought that we love someone. Love objectively is an action that alters the perception of another such that they think that you love them.
 
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