What is Love?

Baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me, no more!

Definitions for love

The technical definition of love would be an intense feeling of deep affection. Well, my personal definition for love is a person who feels great amount of fluffiness inside of them when they see or hear this person/persons. They're heart just feels light.

Types of love

The first kind of love was eros, named after the Greek god of fertility, and it represented the idea of sexual passion and desire. But the Greeks didn’t always think of it as something positive, as we tend to do today. The second variety of love was philia or friendship, which the Greeks valued far more than the base sexuality of eros. Philia concerned the deep comradely friendship that developed between brothers in arms who had fought side by side on the battlefield. It was about showing loyalty to your friends, sacrificing for them, as well as sharing your emotions with them. Ludus, or playful love was the Greeks’ idea, which referred to the affection between children or young lovers. We've all had a taste of it in the flirting and teasing in the early stages of a relationship. But we also live out our ludus when we sit around a campfire bantering and laughing with friends, or when we go out dancing. The fourth love, and perhaps the most radical, was agape or selfless love. This was a love that you extended to all people, whether family members or distant strangers. Agape was later translated into Latin as caritas, which is the origin of our word “charity.” Another Greek love was the mature love known as pragma. This was the deep understanding that developed between long-married couples. Pragma was about making compromises to help the relationship work over time, and showing patience and tolerance. The Greek’s sixth variety of love was philautia or self-love. And the clever Greeks realized there were two types. One was unhealthy variety associated with narcissism, where you became self-obsessed and focused on personal fame and fortune. A healthier version enhanced your wider capacity to love.

Differences between love and infatuation

All in all, love sucks, eat pizza.

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