Love has several different meanings in the English language, from something that gives a little pleasure ("I loved that meal") to something for which one would die for (patriotism, pair-bonding). It can describe an intense feeling of affection, an emotion or an emotional state. In ordinary use, it usually refers to interpersonal love. As an experience usually felt by a person for another person, it is commonly considered impossible to describe. Dictionaries tend to define love as deep affection or fondness. In colloquial use, according to polled opinion, the most favoured definitions of love include the words:
1. life - someone or something for which you would give your life.
2. care - someone or something about which you care more than yourself.
3. friendship - favoured interpersonal associations or relationships.
4. union - a synergistic connection, as in the perfect union of two souls.
5. family - people related via common ancestry, religion, or race, etc.
"We know that love exists, not only as a feeling, as an act of one's will, or as a relational status, but also as a substance. How do we know? Because people are moved and changed by it. It keeps things alive, and without it, they die. It makes them grow, and without it, they are stunted. It is the most inspiring force on earth -- the desire to love and be loved. It is a nutrient for the heart, and every other part of a living being. Everything that lives responds to love and rejoices when in union with it. It is also an eternal substance that once created, can never die, even though it may go into a sleep state, it can always be reawakened, as the Spring. It has its own language and expresses itself in poetic mysteries, ubiquitous to all things, for those who can find it. It is a fire that combusts within a person and grows from that explosion, a body of love, an essence, mist, or flame, that cannot dwell alone." (by Sevi Regis, from the novel, SoulSongs.)
· 1 decade ago