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  • Family
  • Araldite
  • Hydrogen
  • I would say mother to child!!!
  • Obviously,love:)
  • Companionship.
  • Laughter
  • Identical twins. Who else could you have been with since you were made?
  • My guess is a mother toward her child. I think some couples achieve a pretty tight bond. Takes lots of dedication and willingness to commit.
  • soulmates :)
  • It is debatable. Most people would probably say that a typical mother-child relationship is strongest as it is consanguinous (blood related) and the child has been socialized by the mother. I went to an interesting lecture that touched on this topic: the speaker asserted that he loved/felt bonded to his children more than to his wife, although he has a perfectly healthy relationship. Indeed, blood is important to bonding although it is not necessarily visible. Well, not blood itself but rather the common genes implied.
  • Tragedy. Living through a tragedy or near tragedy together bonds people forever.
  • Money. ;-)
  • Family. Nothing comes between me and my family. Many people say this too.
  • Mother and child.
  • It's an easy thing to do to take a concept like strength and try to apply it to another concept like human relations or kinship bonds. There are after all bonds like chemical bonds that are measurable with precise tools and equipment. But the differences between chemical bonds, welded bonds and family bonds are very fundamentally different concepts. Strength is already a concept that has been well defined for bonds like those between chemicals and between two pieces of steel. One can go about measuring the strength of a welded bond by seeing how much weight it can support before it comes apart. In this example we only added weight, a measurable quantitative(numerical) value. It's important to note that because it was numerical, we could continually monitor how much we were adding until we hit the breaking threshold, at which point we can mark down a number and say that in this test, our bond was stronger than another. If we were to define the strength of a human bond in a similar way, lets say for the purposes of this discussion, that it is how much adversity or stress the bond could endure before ceasing to be a bond, we have to make a few important assumptions. The first is that we can tell when a bond exists or ceases to exist. So let's again say that a person can stop being described as bonded to another when certain expectations of that kind of bond are not being met. For example, if I punch my mother in the face, I cannot rightly call myself her son because I'm not acting in a way that is expected of a son. That's quite a subjective position because it depends on who's set of obligations or expectations you are using to define a bond, and because of that it's hard to defend but it's all I can come up with for the moment. Second, it's important to acknowledge that the amount of stress or adversity one can apply to a bond is not a measurable quantitative variable but a qualitative or categorically different kind of variable. For example, a person that finds out her roommate is stealing from her cannot be easily said to experience 4 units of stress more than a person who has lost his friend's wallet. With this definition of strength in mind we begin to realize that where weight was an undisputed measurable concept--1 pound here, 5 kilos there--we have no equivalent type of stress to give a human relationship. And this all assumes that stress is a concept we can even apply to a human relationship that has the same effect as physical stress to a metal rod! Does this mean that we cannot say which human bond is the stronger? No. We could create some measuring device like an elaborate questionnaire and hope to determine at what point a bond would fail, but the answers we get will be fundamentally different than the answer for the chemical bond. We may end up being able to talk a lot about the bonds but be unable to compare them in any significant way. There are exceptions, it's most likely an easy thing to say that the average 1-week-old romantic relationship isn't going to be as strong as a 45-year old marriage, but even that is not always the case 100% of the time. But we shouldn't stop there. There are other examples where the difference is not so easy. One comparison that I might want to make might be between the bond of my mother and me and the bond between my mother and my sister. Pick a hard example for yourself. It's not an easy question. I don't think anyone has a good answer. Can we then say that it's not worth asking? Maybe it will never be answered. In my own reasoning I seem to have ended up at "there is something strange about this question." But maybe the important part is that we have the curiosity to ask the question in the first place. If we don't ever satisfactorily answer the question, maybe we'll be better for just having tried. Best of luck to you. Dare to be wise!
  • Parent and Child.
  • Guilt. ;-)
  • D E S I R E
  • Kindness
  • Fear. It binds us all together.
  • Empathy.

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