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Gay Bomb (wikipedia.org)
16 points by johnhenry on Jan 9, 2017 | hide | past | favorite | 10 comments

If we could engineer a chemical agent that forces people to love each other, couldn't we end all armed conflict right then and there?

I don't think the technology described had much to do with "love"... more like "lust".

Also, love probably wouldn't work as well as one might think. People who love each other end up in violent conflict all the time, just ask any cop.

I think you're looking for a "mutual respect and acceptance bomb".

I think if you boil you definition of love down to "doing what is best for the other, regardless of consequences to self", then some of the conflict would disappear (obviously not all).

I suspect that a large portion of the conflict between people who "love" each other is because one wants the other to be different.

I feel like love is an emotion and your definition is based on action that could come out of that emotion and not the emotion itself.

This could actually have a counterproductive effect. If I recall correctly, early Roman armies saw homosexuality as an asset, because the soldiers were less likely to desert if their loved ones were in battle together.

Spartans actually

I think what most people have heard of is the Sacred Band of Thebes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred_Band_of_Thebes

However, I recall that there are several ancient Greek texts that reveal that "regimental love" was a known phenomenon throughout Greece.

This sounds like a ridiculous waste of time, but I guess it's worth checking out every idea, just in case.

Gotta spend all that DOD money somehow.

That's right. DOD has too much money. Apparently DOD tries to give money back sometimes and Congress won't take it.

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