Tuesday, 24 September 2013

What Is Love?

Webster’s dictionary defines love as “a feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration”. I like this definition because it is different from all the other dictionary definitions, which state that love is an emotion and attachment felt between two people. That’s not always the case though. You can love things that aren’t people, although the strongest kind of love is felt towards other human beings. Love is such a strong word that is used too loosely these days. In the case of relationships, I think that people jump the gun a lot in saying those three little words so early. They don’t really have any meaning behind them, especially in relationships between teenagers. People say it so often that it loses the strong emotions that are supposed to be attached to it and it turns into “just another sentence”.  It’s no longer a big deal, and I think it should be. Not only is love a big emotion, it’s a commitment. When you love something, you are dedicated to it. Whether it’s a sport, an instrument, hobby, or other person. You don’t give up on the things you love, and if you do, you must not have truly loved it. If you’re not willing to commit, you’re not willing to love. I’m not saying that you have to commit forever. Things happen and you can eventually end up loving things less than you once did. But I think that you have to be willing to commit to something for longer than a couple of weeks before you can say you love it. Love also is something that makes you feel endlessly overjoyed. Nothing can make you happier than the thing or person you love, and you should be willing to do anything for it, and nothing matters more than the thing you love. Love is a powerful thing, and is capable of many things. What is love to you? 

1 comment:

  1. I agree with a lot of what you just said; I feel that far to many people take love for granted and treat it as something far less than it is. If we consider the fact that we use the term "love" to describe an enjoyment of or a sense of attachment to something material it really becomes clear how much the term has been downplayed to something hardly significant. For example, someone might proclaim their love for a TV show for example. Yet at the same time they say they love their family; does this put the two objects of the person's love on the same level in the person's mind? We would naturally assume that this is not the case, but this is a simple example of how love is devalued by society.
    I also agree very much that love is a commitment and not simple a feeling or something that you catch a whiff of one day but is gone the next. I think that many people would not know the difference between a "crush" and love, but they are not really all that close to the same thing.
    I could rant about this, but I'll spare you. It might end up long and not so pretty. So, I agree. Love is more than a feeling.