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366 Days of Writing Prompts – Day 132

May 11, 2016

I want to know what love is

We each have many types of love relationships — parents,
children, spouses, friends. And they’re not always with people;
you may love an animal, or a place. Is there a single idea
or definition that runs through all the varieties of “love”?

Lordy, these prompts are getting more and more bizarre!

I think many people equate the word ‘love’ with an emotion. Love is a verb that means a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person, place, thing, etc. Many confuse love with the emotions it invokes – desire, need, want, lust, sadness,  and even hatred. By allowing the emotion to overshadow the true meaning of love, then love itself becomes a power tool by some and abused by many. That’s not to say that love is always used as a tool or abused, but it can be. It is also romanticized and as such, expectations are placed upon it and the object of affection. I feel strongly that we humans cannot show genuine unconditional love because it is a love without expectations. And unfortunately, we humans always expect something. Still, I suppose it would be a wonderful goal to work toward should one care to embark upon such a goal.

And because I just must with that prompt title, here is Foreigner for your listening pleasure:

How about you, dear readers? What’s your ideas about love? Share your thoughts with me in comments.

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8 Comments
  1. There seems to be a theme merging in prompts this month !! Or is synchronicity?

  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Four_Loves speaks of four emotions for which we use the single word ‘love’.

    It could be worse – in French, Je t’aime means I love you, while Je t’aime bien means I like you. Add to that the confusion as to what the term ‘I like you’ seems to mean these days; phrases like: “Don’t you understand what I’m saying, Charlene – I like you” give the word ‘like’ a meaning that is far more emotionally charged than hitherto.

    • Oh mercy me, but it all gets confusing and muddled, doesn’t it? * laughs* thanks for the link, Keith, will be checking it out!

      • I sometimes feel like the schoolteacher who was explaining that though two negatives make a positive, two positives can never make a negative, and one of the pupils said, “Yeah, right!”

      • *laughs* you described it perfectly!

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