I have reached a point, in WIP, where an unloved person is questioning the meaning of love, and find that I am running into a familiar problem – this stupid bottle neck we have created for ourselves with the word ‘love’. We possess a rich language with precise words for so many shades and yet, we have managed to dilute a word of magnificence and splendour into four letters that stands for everything from chocolate to worship, and every possible aspect of life in between. Stupid.
So I am asking for some help here. Leaving aside the nonsense ones, such as chocolate, and the abstract, such as faith and country, how would you all define love for the following:
3 Friends (I am meaning true friends here not acquaintances, and I also include same sex (not sexual) friends and different sex (again not sexual) friends
4 Spouses and partners (I’m not including the sexual although of course it is important:) it’s the core of love I am after, the glue)
Are they the same? Is the emotion different? do they mean completely different things? Is one definition sufficient? Any aspect found in all four?
How can each be defined?
Your opinions would be most welcome.