What is Love?

One of the most google searched questions of all times is, "What is Love?" Obviously people want to know. And granted, it's an elusive idea. There is love for children, love for parents, love for spouse, love for country, love for a good meal.

But what is the meaning of love when it relates to our primary love relationship? Girl-friend, boyfriend, fiancée, spouse or, in my case, my wife of 37 years, Teresa.

I grew up in the '70's with a very popular movie called, Love Story. Out of that movie came a statement that has been panned since and you can see why. The statement was, "Love is never having to say you're sorry." Really? So, love is never having to apologize, never having to ask for forgiveness? I think John Lennon had it closer to the truth, "Love is having to say you're sorry about every five minutes."

I'm half Greek on my dad's side. The Greeks have had six or seven words throughout their history for love, three of which have become very well known. Socrates, Plato and Aristotle popularized the first two of these words. Plato coined the term eros which was initially defined as sexual love. Later he broadened the term to include a more general meaning, love of beauty, for example...



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