14 September 2013
What is Love?
Of all the different emotions in the world, it is safe to say that love is the one that is most written about, discussed, and strived for, yet it is also one of the most easily misconstrued. Love is defined as passion, loyalty, compassion, an intense feeling of deep affection, feeling a deep romantic or physical attachment to one person, and in a thousand and one different ways. As Robert A. Heinlen stated in Stranger in a Strange Land, “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
While certain people do form intense psychological attachments to inanimate objects, as with a baby and their blanket, or a child and their teddy bear, for the most part when someone gushes out “Oh my gosh, I just love your hair,” or “I love what you have done with the place!” they are not actually expressing feelings of love, but are expressing feelings of admiration for a particular item, or are expressing the fact that they like the particular item. That kind of love is more of what is pleasing to ones eye. The term of love is used for those who are in lust, in deep like, infatuated with, or are appreciative of something, as opposed to actually truly experiencing the feeling of love itself.
Authors all over the world have written about love, everyone from Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss, and the one thing that remains constant, regardless of the type of love that is discussed, whether it be the love a mother has for their child, or the love a husband feels for a wife. Why then has the usage of the word changed in everyday use, in spite of the fact that authors of today are still able to use the term the same was as it was used hundreds of years ago? Shakespeare, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, tells us “love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.” If that is the case, and it is, then why are people using the word to describe things that are seen only...