Down to the centuries, many have asked the age old question, what is love?
The answers have been many and varied. In addition, it depends on where you look. For some it’s an attraction. For others it has a deeper meaning. For still others it is a very personal thing and very hard to describe.
The Greeks had three words for love. They were agape, philos and eros. Each had a special meaning. Agape meant an unconditional love. The word philos was associated with brotherly love, and eros meant physical love.
Still others see love is only a physical attraction between two people. It is tied to an emotion could there be something else? And consist mostly of feeling. But is that what love really is? Certainly there is an attraction between two people and the associated feelings that go along with it, but is that all there is to love?
One of the pioneers of mental science, Thomas forward, said it this way. There is life. This we know. We see it all around us. We are very familiar with the plant world where things are continuously growing, dying, and reproducing. In addition where aware of the animals around us. Most people have pets and understands surely that those pets are living. We can’t forget humans as we are completely surrounded by them and in many cases associated with them. So there is life.
There must be something that supports that life. We know if we have a house plant and we never feet it or water it will not continue to grow. In fact it will wither and die. We know the same thing about animals. If the ones under our care are not nourished and adored, they tend to wither and die as well. For sure human beings need nurture and care, especially during the younger time of their life. For without they never grow up to be what they could.
In this us way of thinking, love is seen as the recognition of life, the support of it, and the enhancement of it no matter where you find it. It is the pure motive of giving greater enjoyment of life. Something different to be sure.
This definition fits all aspects of what you might consider as love and includes happiness.
That is because happiness is really us being of our true selves. How much truer can we get than continuously supporting life?
It's not the situation, but whether we react (negative) or respond (positive) to;
the situation that's important.
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