The word love can have a variety of related but distinct meanings in different contexts. Often, other languages use multiple words to express some of the different concepts that English relies mainly on love to encapsulate.
Although the nature of love is a subject of frequent debate, different aspects of the word can be clarified by determining what not love is. As a general expression of positive sentiment, love is commonly contrasted with hate or neutral apathy; as a less sexual and more emotionally intimate form of romantic attachment, love is commonly contrasted with lust; and as an interpersonal relationship with romantic overtones, love is sometimes contrasted with friendship, although the word love is often applied to close friendships.
Love is The Lodestar of Life
It is the heart of life, the force that erases
the differences between people
it bridges the splits of bitterness
the pot of gold at the beginning
and at the end of the rainbow…
It springs the beauty that bends
across the sky on stormy days
the security for which children weep
the yearning of youth
the adhesive that binds marriage…
the lubricant that prevents
devastating friction in the home
the safeguard of community life
the beam of hope in a world of distress…
It is a gift of God, the most enduring
most powerful virtue: LOVE!
Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships and is one of the most common themes in the creative arts. The common phrase which is abusively said “Without love our life is nothing at all” and I believe it – because love heals the pain and agony of our hearts, homes and nations.
Love is a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection. It is the basis for all being. It can be described as actions towards others or to oneself based on compassion. Or actions towards others based on affection. It refers to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, ranging from generic pleasure to intense interpersonal attraction.
Love can also refer specifically to the passionate desire and intimacy of romantic love, to the sexual love, to the emotional closeness of familial love, or to the platonic love that defines friendship, to the profound of oneness or devotion of religious love.
Some Dictionaries and Encyclopedias tell us that throughout history, philosophy and religion have done the most speculation on the phenomenon of love. In the last century, the science of psychology has written a great deal on the subject. In recent years, the sciences of evolutionary psychology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, neuroscience, and biology have added to the understanding of the nature and function of love.