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What is love?

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  • Love. What is love? Cue the music: So much has been written about it, said about it, and sung about it. It seems that we humans yearn for it. Die if we don't find it. Start wars over it. But what is it? What is love?

    Indeed, does Love exist? If so, how wide is it? How much does it weigh? What is its chemical make-up? There are many nuances and connotations to the word Love in the English language. Indeed, the greeks have several terms for different types of love: eros (sexual/passion), phillia (brotherly), Ludus (playful), agape (unconditional), pragma (long-term), and philautia (self-love).

    The kind of love that I am talking about here is Love in its purest form, IMHO. My definition of love is as an "action taken for the benefit of another" and I might add "no matter what the cost to oneself." Is love merely an evolved mental contrivance that has conferred a benefit to individuals of a group with such a characteristic? Like thumbs or earlobs? Or is love something else entirely.

    Something greater, perhaps? Greater than any one person? If so, what is that? Is it like the Force (from Star Wars)? Love seems powerful. What is the source of that power? Each of us? A God?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/dec/13/what-is-love-five-theories

    http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/the-ancient-greeks-6-words-for-love-and-why-knowing-them-can-change-your-life

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    After 20 years in the Pacific NW, I have returned to my home state of Texas. I have lots of... more

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