We choose our own path. Our values and our actions, they define who we are.
I think it’s pretty obvious that DE is a junk ship. That scene just shows that Damon is a pile of garbage. Of course we have to remember what writers we are dealing with here. Maybe they think it’s hugely romantic that this “man” can’t stand to be around this girl he claims to love because it hurts too much or some shit, so he can’t be her friend? It’s pretty obvious though that Damon is selfish. DE is selfish consuming “love” and I think Elena will eventually see that and start wanting back the pure and selfless love she had with Stefan. But this is TV, and it won’t be that easy. By the time Elena figures it out, I won’t be surprised if Stefan has moved on in some way.
Like that fireplace scene with SE, a lot of people freaked out that it was closure for them. I have seen theories that I agree with, it seemed more like it was closure for Stefan and it might have awakened something in Elena about the kind of life she really wants for herself. Either that or the writers are all smoking some expired crap, which is also very possible.
It wasn’t a spell or a prophecy, it was real. We fell in love on our own.
drinking game: take a shot every time damon salvatore pisses you off.