All You Need Is Love
The word “love” can have a variety of related but distinct meanings in different contexts. Many other languages use multiple words to express some of the different concepts that in English are denoted as “love”; one example is the plurality of ancient Greek words for love. which includes agape and eros. Cultural differences in conceptualizing love thus doubly impede the establishment of a universal definition.
Although the nature or essence of love is a subject of frequent debate, different aspects of the word can be clarified by determining what isn’t love (antonyms of “love”). Love as a general expression of positive sentiment (a stronger form of like) is commonly contrasted with hate(or neutral apathy). As a less-sexual and more-emotionally intimate form of romantic attachment, love is commonly contrasted with emotionally intimate lust. As an interpersonal relationship with romantic overtones, love is sometimes contrasted with friendship, although the word love is often applied to close friendships or platonic love. (Further possible ambiguities come with usages “girlfriend”, “boyfriend”, “just good friends”).
Love is probably the most profound of our emotional states. Scientific research on emotion has increased significantly over the past two decades. Love has deep religious and spiritual meaning. This diversity of uses and meanings combined with the complexity of the feelings involved makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, compared to other emotional states.
Abstractly discussed, love usually refers to an experience one person feels for another. Love often involves caring for or identifying with, a person or thing, including. In addition to cross-cultural differences in understanding love, ideas about love have also changed greatly over time. Some historians date modern conceptions of romantic love to courtly Europe during or after the Middle Ages although the prior existence of romantic attachments is attested by ancient love poetry.
The complex and abstract nature of love often reduces the discourse of love to a superficial cliche.
Several common proverbs regard love, Virgil’s “love conquers all “ to the Beatle’s “All You Need Is LoveSt. Thomas Aquinas following Aristotle, defines love as “to will the good of another.” describes love as a condition of “absolute value,” as opposed to relative value. Philosopher Gottfried Leibniz, said that love is “to be delighted by the happiness of another.” Meher Baba stated that in love there is a “feeling of unity” and an “active appreciation of the intrinsic worth of the object of love.” Biologist Jeremy Griffith defines love as “unconditional selflessness”.
People can be said to love an object, principle, or goal to which they are deeply committed and greatly value.
For example, compassionate outreach and volunteer workers’ “love” of their cause may sometimes be born not of interpersonal love but impersonal love, altruism, and strong spiritual or political convictions. People can also “love” material objects, animals, or activities if they invest themselves in bonding or otherwise identifying with those things. IOf course there may be sexual passion is involved. A common principle that people say they love is life itself. Interpersonal love refers to the love between human beings. It is a much more potent sentiment than a simple liking for a person. There is no pain like that of brought on by unrequited love, those feelings of love that are not reciprocated.
While exploring the nature of love there few experiences more fulfilling than love, the love that is most closely associated with interpersonal relationships.
This love grows over time. we understand the different types of love out there, we can become conscious of how deep our connection is with ourselves and the other people in our lives.
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