This Vermont (!) writer discusses parallels between animals and humans referring to “the sleeper hit of the summer” “March of the Penguins”.
“Functionally, I suspect love is an often temporary chemical imbalance of the brain induced by sensory stimuli that causes us to maintain focus on something that carries an adaptive agenda.
Love is an adaptive feeling or emotion – like hate, jealousy, hunger, thirst – necessary where rationality alone would not suffice to carry the day. Could rationality alone induce a penguin to trek 70 miles over the ice in order to mate and then balance an egg on his toes while fasting for four months in total darkness and enduring temperatures of minus-80 degrees Fahrenheit and gusts of up to 100 miles an hour? And bear in mind that this 5-year-old penguin has just returned to the place of its birth from the sea, and thus has never seen an egg in its life and could not possibly have any idea what it is or why it must be kept warm. Any rational penguin would eventually say, “To hell with this thing, I’m going back for a swim and to eat my fill of fish.”