Most people will answer the same way... I actually asked about 40 people when I had to wait somewhere and got really bored. As expected most of them answered the same way.
Now I could look at the male and female replies and analyse in what ways they are different or which thoughts are hidden underneath the reply. But I don't believe in the recently practised way of the all present way of evaluation and decide to simply say that the forty people represent an equal amount of male and female input.
The most common reply .... of course the emotional aspect is more important!
Second made the answer which 8 people gave... the emotional aspect is more important but the physical is very important, too.
Well, interested as I am in thoughts and actions it was not the only question I asked my fellow waiting people and people walking past ...
Now you wonder which was the other?
Would you leave someone you love because the other party doesn't live up to your expectations of the physical aspect?
About 60% inquired in what way.
In all possible ways of course, not being able to due to sickness or injury, loss of interest, different preferences and so on...
I didn't expect people to stick one hundred to the conviction they uttered before. Actually I expected about 70% to say something contradictory to the prior given conviction, because it is a fact that what one believes to be the best reply is not the choice one will make for oneself. The main reason why human beings tend to act in ways that are not generally thought to be compatible with their beliefs. Of course in everyday life people are not aware of all contradictions otherwise they'd lock themselves in constant inner conflict.
Actually though it was 95% that simply said they would end the relationship under these circumstances.
I asked what would make a difference and only one person could think of a few possible circumstances in which the choice could be to stay with their partner.
I somehow expected more people to make a difference.
I had a good talk with all of them and humans being curious they wondered of course why I wanted to know. I explained and told them I had been pondering the topic for some time now and tried to compare thoughts. I got to know that most of the people there have blogs themselves, not for philosophical thoughts though.
What to make out of this?
Obviously people believe that the emotional aspect of love should be the most important but either haven't experienced an emotional attachment which would make them reconcider or simply can't imagine a life without physical love, maybe they fear entering a situation like this would ultimately lead to betrayal and hurt...
So where does this lead to?
Which is the illusion and which is the liveable choice?
What about the different forms of love?
If 95% of the world population made this choice...
Loneliness could become destructive!