What do Love Locks say about your Relationship?

Why do people use love locks as a symbol for their relationship?

Uzupis bridge locks 1They symbolize lack of freedom. Prisoners and kidnapped children are rotting behind doors closed with locks like these. You use them for your basement to store stuff that you never need anymore, but which you don’t want anyone else to take either. These locks are used to close the barn door to keep the cattle in, so that the cows and the sheep won’t escape slaughter.

Throwing away the key is even worse. It’s the nonverbal way of saying: “That’s it. You are no longer in control of your own life. You are going to die here, no matter what.”

You would never use a lock for somebody whom you truly cherish and respect, in whose liberty you believe and whom you trust.


About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a journalist, a spy or a hobo.
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12 Responses to What do Love Locks say about your Relationship?

  1. Expat Eye says:

    Funny how they try to lock each other down here – yet it’s got the highest rate of divorce in the EU. I guess someone keeps an eye on where the key lands ;)

  2. Sean Daygo says:

    If I had to be locked in a prison with anyone. It would be my baby :) She had a choice to put the lock on and to throw the keys. So I guess we will rot happily together. Though she is a licensed scuba diver…….

  3. Conrad says:

    But one can view a lock like a symbol of everlasting love. Take marriage. Compare divorce, annullment and separation with lock picks, metal dissolving chemical agents and hammers. Perspective :)

  4. djgarcia94 says:

    I’ve never heard of love locks. Must not be a thing here in the US, at least not where I’m from. Very strange custom.

  5. My thoughts, when I came to one of those Paris bridges with love locks, were along the lines of: “I wonder how many of these couples are still together.” But that’s probably just the Inner Bitter Me talking. :) Let’s just say I salute the sentiment but have no faith in it.

  6. Symbolism can be a very powerful way to remind of us somethings importance. If you think the lock refers to being trapped what would you suggest as a replacement symbol to represent mutual commitment?

  7. Marie says:

    Did you ever fell in love? because if you did, you know that love makes you (desperately) want to lock yourself up and throw away the key…
    The feeling you get when you’re in love is so powerful you wouldn”t let it go away.. that’s not even conscious.. it’s like a drug you’re addicted!

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