In the movie Toy Story 3, the tyrannical bear, Lotso, who rules the daycare facility, Sunnyside, tells the new toys that daycare is a dream come true because there are no owners, and therefore no heartbreak. Here is a place where the fun never ends, and the heartbreak never begins. The toys don't belong to anyone and therefore cannot be hurt by anyone. Sounds like a familiar line of reasoning, no?
Birth control eradicated the need for commitment in a relationship before relations were had. Free of commitment, intercourse (and subsequently what people thought was love) became conditional. There is no ownership, no belonging, and so no heartbreak. But then there is also no real love. True love is unconditional, for Love Himself makes no conditions on His love for us. True love demands a complete gift of self in a covenant where each belongs to the other. True love expects faithfulness, and so does not fear heartbreak.
The theme of the sexual revolution was "pleasure without pain": get all the highs without any of the lows. It was an easy sell, and so attracted many eager buyers. Yet with it came a hefty price tag: "free love" meant an empty life. The line of the sixties was "peace, love, joy". Ironic, because a person may be able to experience pleasure without pain, but not peace, love, or joy. Peace comes from living a life in conformity with God's will, in conformity with the natural law written into our hearts. Rebellion against this law brings only violence and destruction to the peace of our souls. To love is to give oneself totally and completely; to pervert our purpose, and to thwart God's design creates a civil war within ourselves. The peace that resides in the humble soul, produces the joy that illuminates his life. One who knows how to love is full of joy, full of peace.
Believing in a self-serving love, one allows himself only to love himself. He never opens his heart to the purifying fires of a self-sacrificing love. Those fires and trials that purify his heart, draw him closer to the source of Love itself. People believe that there is pleasure without pain, but ironically pain is all they are left with. Going from one relationship to another, never fully giving themselves means they never fully receive another, never fully feel the love of another. One may choose to love; but he also is choosing not to be loved. And so what happens? People who have bought this lie are not full of hate, but full of callousness and indifference, the opposite of love.
It is a struggle to love, it is a daily and constant sacrifice to love completely. But the joy and peace that emanate from this love are everlasting as opposed to the brief pleasure that is derived from a loveless life.