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”?
Even though we use the word love to represent feelings in so many different relationships, it is one single idea or definition. My definition for love: overwhelmingly positive feelings or emotions associated with said person, thing or place. I love my children. I love this shirt. I love New York. It can translated to mean that I really really REALLY like each and every single one of them. I will do anything for my children. I enjoy wearing this shirt. I love all the fun activities and the sites in New York City. Or the City is home, like my main character Russ would tell you. What changes across is the type of relationship.
I love my husband is definitely not the same as I love my friend Angie or I love my dog Fido. I love this food means I really enjoy this food, not that you want to marry it. I love this shirt means that you want to wear it but not have it on every day. When I first started, I did think maybe there are different definitions but I could not build an argument for that case. I kept thinking of examples and each one landed to the same definition. It is definitely a single idea.
Can you think of different definitions or do you think it is a single idea? Let me know what you think… Personally, I recently fell in love with the city of Durham, NC. Check out Live and Learn Saturday: Durham, NC now posted because it is so laidback and chill town and people are so friendly there.
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