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What is Love?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Dawn, Apr 1, 2019.

  1. Dawn

    Dawn La vie est drôle

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    Baby don't hurt me

    How would you define Love? How do you experience it, and express it - indeed, CAN you truly experience it and express it? Has the word lost much of its meaning as the meaning changes and grows, or has it become more profound and complex as a result? Does Love even exist, or is it a flight of fancy, a word we use to describe other emotions and thoughts because it's simply easier to do so?
     
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  2. LadySmugleaf

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    For me, love is a gentle touch, an admission of "I miss you" and "text me when you get home." It's grieving with them, praying for them, encouraging them and supporting them.

    Love is bright, bold and warm. It throws off doubt and fear, embracing your soul and lighting the world. It is a very complex and still very simple emotion, that with all my poetry, I still can hardly describe it. Yet I'll try:
    My love for my family, especially my siblings, burns steady. It is enduring, built on the memories we all share.
    My love for my BF (was? is?) Passionate. It burn(ed?) bright and consumed my very being- blinding me with it's light. Yet, without kindling- the flame is weakening.

    I simply love and I do not care for the many nuances.
     
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  3. Azazel

    Azazel Better count your blessings

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    mmm, it's hard for me as a victim on childhood neglect, to really pin it. But I like to think it's finding someone you can trust, where your relationship is mutually beneficial, someone who understands.

    Now I'm sad that my parents, who are supposed to give this, did not.
     
  4. BZRich64

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    Love is hard to explain. Mostly because it isn't really any one 'thing'. "Love" is actually a bunch of closely related but nevertheless distinct concept that we use the same word for because English can be stupid sometimes. I know in (ancient) Greek they have at least four different words that mean different things but all translate into love.
    • Agape: a general, passive form of love that's felt towards everything and everyone around you.
    • Eros: a feeling of romantic attraction and attachment.
    • Philia: often referred to as "brotherly love", this is a feeling of close friendship.
    • Storge: often referred to as "familial love", this is the natural attachment that we feel towards members of our own family.
     
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  5. Absolute Zero

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    I know what love isn't:
    • Fruit
    • Bread
    • Fruit and bread (probably not)
    • A conversation
    • A fruitful sales deal
    • A hearty breakfast
    And after eliminating all of those possibilities, we are left with one possible identity for what love is.
    • Love (noun): A four-letter-word that can be used in various ways that are mostly positive.
    Examples of the word "Love" used in a sentence can be:
    • I love moms
    • I love the beach
    • I love electronics
    • I love the Mexican nation
    • I love inside/outside baseball
    • I love crowd surfing
    • I love a warm night by the fire
    • I love early Bollywood films
    • I love social justice
    • I love competitive vaping Bill Wurtz
    • I love stairs
    Thank you for coming to my (plagiarized) TED talk.


    Really though, I think love is the stronger, upgraded version of acceptance. As stated by @BZRich64 the English language is rather stupid and the word "Love" has many different meanings included in one word. You love macaroni in a different way than you love your best friend, for instance. But in all the different meanings of love, I think they're all upgraded version of acceptance. "I love you bro" "I love my wife" "I love this shirt" deserve different words, but our language doesn't have them, and they're all based on acceptance.
     
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  6. Gazi

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    Love is hard to explain, but can be recognized through actions, as well as the motivations behind those actions. Most importantly though, I think that love is putting the other person first. Not doing what will make you most comfortable, but what will make them most comfortable.
    Examples: As a person who is not much of a hugger, if I tell someone that I don't like being touched, but they're a hugger and hug me anyways even though I told them it makes me uncomfortable, then their love doesn't seem as sincere to me. If they respect my boundaries though and don't hug me, or at the very least ask permission first, then I'll be more likely to believe their love is real.
    Love is putting the other person first (though never forget that you should love yourself, and therefore put yourself first when necessary. It's complicated to find a balance).
     
  7. Cherry3Fairy

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    God's love for us is the real love, guys.
     
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  8. Jeydis

    Jeydis Deep down in Underfity

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    And now the song is in my head thanks.

    I associate love with comfort with another being. Feeling like you can really talk to them and read their emotions on their face feels great and is usually the first sign of feeling like I really love someone.
     
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  9. Neb

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    I’ve never been very good at describing complex human emotions, but here’s my best attempt.

    I believe family love is being appreciative and at ease with the people that raised you, even with their flaws.

    Love for your friends happens when you can enjoy your time with them and feel like you can be yourself.

    Can’t really say anything about romantic love since I have zero experience with that sort of thing.
     
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