Question leads to insight into stress, oxytocin, and love.
For the handful of Americans who were not watching Super Bowl XLV the half time show performed by the Black Eyed Peas was one of the best in years. The music was on point as was the dancing, the light show, the surprise guest guitarist Slash and the dance performance from Usher. After three rousing songs the groups big finale was a surprise as the letters LOVE in red lights began to pulse with the beat of the music and the Black Eyed Peas, performing their 2003 hit, passionately begged “Where is the Love?”
The song choice as a big finale in the party atmosphere of the Super Bowl was a gutsy move by the Black Eyed Peas. The group, made up of a blend of cultures and genders each with a unique and beautiful look and amazing talent, asked more that 130 million viewers “Where is the Love?” Although the song was first released in 2003 it’s relevance is still fresh and politically accurate. In the past if one were to ask a person over the age of 40 about the plight of our society they would point to the younger generation, shake their head, and say “these kids these days…” In our present social condition it is clear that the responsibility for our present state does not lie with the 30 and under group but rather with the 40 and up. The ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, Enron, bank bailouts, rifling of employee pensions to line the pockets of the over 40 executives, government approved drugs that create more lethal side effects than the ailments they claim to cure, politicians using their position for personal benefit and protecting personal business interests at the expense of the American public. I’m with you Fergie, “Where is the Love?”
As the present social conditions of prolonged stress and disconnected relationships continue to press on the American people, not only is it changing our social functioning, it is changing our brains. Our brains are literally being changed; some would even say we are devolving instead of evolving. The basic scientific facts are simple. Stress creates a hormone called cortisol that helps to heighten our survival instincts. Oxytocin is the hormone that allows us to feel love. Cortisol depletes Oxytocin. We in America are cortisol (aka stress) rich and oxytocin (aka love) poor.
Fergie wants to know “Where is the Love?” and science tells us it is melting away before our eyes due to the ongoing stress that we live in.
Written by Kristi Saul-Post, Contributing Writer for www.OxytocinCentral.com