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LOVE

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none”
William Shakespeare

What is love?

It is one of the most difficult questions for the mankind. Centuries have passed by, relationships have bloomed and so has love. But no one can give the proper definition of love. To some Love is friendship set on fire for others maybe love is like luck.

Love is an “emotion” of a strong affection and personal attachment.  Love is also said to be a “virtue” representing all of human kindness, compassion and affection —”the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another”. Love may describe compassionate and affectionate actions towards other humans, one’s self or animals.

When discussed in the abstract, love usually refers to interpersonal love, an experience felt by a person for another person. Love often involves caring for or identifying with a person or thing, including oneself (cf. narcissism).

The word “love” can have a variety of related but distinct meanings in different contexts and different cultures. In addition to cross-cultural differences in understanding love, ideas about love have also changed greatly over time.

Love should be experienced and not just felt.

The depth of love can not be measured.

For instance, in the relationship between a mother and a child, the mother loves the child unconditionally and it can not be measured at all.

At times the very existence of love is questioned. Some say it is false and meaningless. It says that it never exist, because there has been many instances of hatred and brutality in relationships.

Depending on the context, love can be of different varieties. Romantic love is a deep, intense and unending.

The term Platonic love, familial love and religious love are also matter of great affection. It is more of desire, preference and feelings. The meaning of love will change with each different relationship and depends more on its concept of depth, versatility, and complexity.

The history of our world has witnessed many such events. There has been hatred between brothers, parents and children, sibling rivalry and spouses have failed each other. Friends have betrayed each other; the son has killed his parents for the throne, the count is endless. Even the modern generation is also facing with such dilemmas everyday. But love is not responsible for that. It is us, the people, who have forgotten the meaning of love and have undertaken such gruesome apathy.

In the past the study of philosophy and religion has done many speculations on the phenomenon of love. But love has always ruled, in music, poetry, paintings, sculptor and literature.

Psychology has also done lot of dissection to the essence of love, just like what biology, anthropology and neuroscience has also done to it. Psychology portrays love as a cognitive phenomenon with a social cause. It is said to have three components in the book of psychology: Intimacy, Commitment, and Passion.

No matter how you define it or feel it, love is the eternal truth in the history of mankind.  

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Posted 9 November 2012 by Matteo

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