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What Is Love?

Discussion in 'Friends & Neighbours' started by satchitananda, Oct 17, 2019.

  1. Agathinai

    Agathinai Silver IL'ite

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    I may “like” a person for certain traits. So it’s just told that I like that person which means I like certain characteristics in that person. But for me “love” means a stronger reflection of our emotional attachment.

    So just to answer your question, I can like a person without love. On the other hand if I say, I love a person that means I like as well as love that person.

    That’s my version of understanding. I use it in this way.
     
  2. Rihana

    Rihana IL Hall of Fame

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    Love : Falling as Like : Clicking

    :grinning::grinning:
     
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  3. Gauri03

    Gauri03 Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Love is a feeling of self-abnegating empathy, where the beloved's well-being becomes intrinsic to our well-being. When their happiness brings you happiness and their suffering makes you hurt. For me love is willingly, even eagerly, trading your comfort and happiness for your loved one's pain—like a mother forgoing her sleep to attend to an unwell child, or a child giving up the liberties of youth to care for an ailing parent. Love is me jumping out of bed on a cold morning at 5 am when my dog whimpers to take her out for her morning walk; It is that knot in my gut upon seeing a worried spouse, or that lump in my throat when I discover a new set of wrinkles around my mother's eyes. Love is a surrender of self, a declaration—that I will willingly soak up a lifetime of pain it means never having to see you hurt.

    You can like without loving, as we do with colleagues and acquaintances, and love without liking, though the latter is often an act of resignation. Parents dealing with self-destructive children, or children having to put up with selfish, intractable parents often love helplessly, sans liking. You still care for their welfare though you wish you didn't.
     
  4. Mistt

    Mistt IL Hall of Fame

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    Gauri,
    You summarized what love is very beautifully and I just loved it.:clap2::hearteyes:
     
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  5. Amulet

    Amulet Platinum IL'ite

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    Love is whatever you deem it is, and the lovee (loved one?) agrees.
     
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    Cheeniya Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    I love all those who like me and I like all who love me
     
  7. SinghManisha

    SinghManisha Platinum IL'ite

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    On a lighter note !

     
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  8. satchitananda

    satchitananda Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Thanks for that response, abez and welcome to IL.
     
  9. satchitananda

    satchitananda Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    That is such a beautiful explanation. Makes a lot of sense. Thanks a ton for sharing that quote, Mistt.
     
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  10. satchitananda

    satchitananda Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Fair and square as always, CS! :grinning:
     

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