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Define Love

  1. austinlyan profile image77
    austinlyanposted 6 years ago

    What is love? Let's talk about love among humans.

    1. speedbird profile image63
      speedbirdposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Love is  to derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from; take pleasure in other human beings smile

      1. Twilight Lawns profile image89
        Twilight Lawnsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Love is when one is ready to give support and affection and pleasure to another person or another entity outside one's self.
        True love is not expecting a reciprocal arrangement.

    2. qwark profile image59
      qwarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      ...the only "REAL" love you'll ever know is the love you feel when your children are born!
      It won't have to be defined!
      Qwark

      1. Twilight Lawns profile image89
        Twilight Lawnsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Therefore you are saying that anybody who has not had children is not capable of receiving or giving love.
        How selfish and narrow.

        1. qwark profile image59
          qwarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Hahaha...   
          Evidently you are childless.
          I can understand your uneducated and inexperienced answer.
          Shallow? Narrow?
          I think your response fits those 2 words perfectly.
          Qwark

          1. Twilight Lawns profile image89
            Twilight Lawnsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I am not childless, and as we are discussing my lack of education, may I point out, my illiterate friend that the word you are searching for is not "your" but "you're".
            What you wrote was the possessive pronoun, "your",,, I think you meant the abbreviation, "you're". (Meaning "you are")

            1. qwark profile image59
              qwarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Hahahaha...love it!
              Not at all my "illiterate" compadre   smile:

              My use of the word "your" was exactly right.

              "...the only "REAL" love you'll ever know is the love you feel when your children are born!
              It won't have to be defined!"

              If you didn't understand the depth of meaning and content in that response, I suggest you try to gain a greater level of sophistication in your life.

              There is only 1 true definition of love! I expessed it concisely above.  smile:

              Qwark

            2. Extinct Soul profile image60
              Extinct Soulposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              I think he is right in using the "your".....read it again..smile
              he is pertaining to 'your' answer. he just added an adjective - 'uneducated and inexperienced' to describe your answer......and not you..

              but yeah I don't agree with "his" only 1 true definition of love..smile

              1. qwark profile image59
                qwarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Soul:
                Hi.
                Pls, can ya give me an experience of "love" that is stronger, truer and more "real," than the love you feel for your child at birth and, which continues on thru life?
                If you haven't experienced it, you couldn't offer a credible response.
                Qwark

                1. Extinct Soul profile image60
                  Extinct Soulposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Qwark:

                  I'm too young to have a child. And I can't offer you a constant answer that would come from my own experience. smile I agree with what you've said, and I do get your point. I'm just having a problem in your use of the "only" word.
                  It's just that, for me, meaning of things differs from place, time and situation. Maybe in your point of view, it is the only definition of true love. However, you are just 1 of the zillion unique homo sapiens in this planet, yeah maybe there are 100 to 200 individuals that have the same experience like you do, but that would just sum up with 10% of the worlds' population.  And that 90% left to have their own definition of love based on their...(for your brains' easy digestion)...ahm...intellectual ability.

                  I'm fascinated on the fact that you still want to hear an answer from me even though you are very sure to yourself that my answer would not be a credible one. smile

                  Extinct Soul

                  1. qwark profile image59
                    qwarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    Soul:
                    Good attitude. I "loved" the way you responded i.e. thoughtfully respectfully. TY.
                    There is no other answer. At least not to a sane and normal human being.
                    You can use the word 'love" expressively for so many things: I love my Mom, my Dad, I love football, orange juice, p-nut butter and chocolate, country... on and on infinitum. The closest you will come to "true love" for your "child" is love for a parent. Every other use of the word "love" is just expressive for an attraction.
                    I would give my life to save the life of my child. For a mother or a father? Eh, maybe, maybe not.
                    There are so many connotations of the word love and they are used so frequently for so many "feelings" about so many things, that they, in the main, can only be thought of as being a colloquial expression of emotion or feeling.
                    The reason I'm so sure that you cannot respond credibly is because you haven't experienced child birth.
                    someday, when you do, I want you to remember how Qwark defined "true love."   smile:
                    Qwark

              2. Twilight Lawns profile image89
                Twilight Lawnsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                He is right.  How embarrassing... I am so up my own arse at times,
                I ought to be a bit more careful when I think I'm right.
                As I said, "Oops!"

      2. Rafini profile image86
        Rafiniposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I get it Qwark, your definition of Love isn't based on words but feeling, and the strongest possible feeling of Love is when you experience the birth of your child.  I like that. smile  It puts men and women in the same boat since only women can experience a physical birth, but men go through an experience of some kind themselves.

        1. qwark profile image59
          qwarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          RAf:
          TY!
          I went thru a very profound and life changing experience when my son was born that educated me instantly to the definition/meaning of "love." It was the only "real" love I've ever felt in my life!
          I know you know what I mean!
          Appreciate ya Raf!   smile:
          Qwark

          1. Davorunner profile image78
            Davorunnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I just want to say I agree AND disagree with you Qwark. As always, your views are interesting, intelligent, and quite strong, but I'd just like to add my spin on this, if that is ok with you tongue

            As you pointed out "love" can be expressive of many things, and yet there are also many different types of love.
            The thing is we get our word "love" from the Greeks, and they have 6 different versions of the word, all with different meanings, which we translate into our one. Thus, just like having to give a yes or no answer to a very comples subject with many different sides, it's a word that is there to "do the job" in place of many other words. This makes it versatile, and yet at the same time very inadequate in a lot of situations.

            In other words there is no "only" kind of love because of this method of translation.

            1. qwark profile image59
              qwarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              G'mornin' Davo:

              I don't mind at all, in fact I always welcome responses.

              "Love" is but a word we humans invented to express a variety of predilections, affections etc.. Most of us have experienced every facet of those definitions but 1: childbirth!

              I accept all human definitions of love defined in all languages.

              If I remember correctly, the question had to do with  "true" love.

              I can only consider the most profound and deepest definition of "love" as being that which I experienced when my son was born and that "love" that is indelibly imprinted into the very essence of ME!  It is a "true" love for "blood"  progeny that overrides the preciousness of life itself!

              All other definitions of love pale in dynamic power to the love  one experiences when ones just born child is delivered and is handed to the Daddy or Mamma.
              One look into those precious, new, living eyes and a loving bond is realized that will last until life has passed.

              That is "TRUE LOVE!"

              Qwark

              1. Davorunner profile image78
                Davorunnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Good to here from you again Qwark!
                "True" love, I believe is something that changes you for good. The fact that you have mentioned your son being born having an impact on you shows that it meant a lot to you, and that it will indeed last!
                Thanks for your time, it's good to read meaningful and inspirational answers such as these!

                1. qwark profile image59
                  qwarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Davo:
                  My response was from the heart!
                  It's a definition of "true" love that can only be experienced by a Mom and Dad.
                  Good chatting with ya.
                  Qwark

    3. carolp profile image77
      carolpposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I have written a hub about When Love Begins - True Love....

  2. thirdmillenium profile image60
    thirdmilleniumposted 6 years ago

    Love is the only thing that can exist in a vacuum

    1. austinlyan profile image77
      austinlyanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Nice

    2. David 470 profile image86
      David 470posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      lol

    3. Twilight Lawns profile image89
      Twilight Lawnsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Nothing can exist in a vacuum... especially love, as love is an emotion and love needs a living entity to experience it.

  3. couturepopcafe profile image61
    couturepopcafeposted 6 years ago

    If I could define love, I'd be the richest woman in the world.  It is indefinable, universal, non-selective, conscious.  It is not an emotion, has no price, gives and receives while remaining level and constant, is pure, unfailing, never ends, is with us always whether we recognize it or not.  It is free to everyone, can be given or received but cannot be forcefully taken.  It is not a combination of feelings but a decision, an awareness, the highest measurable human energy frequency.

    1. austinlyan profile image77
      austinlyanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Very nice!

    2. SheZoe profile image60
      SheZoeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Couture: very nice! i think that may be the best description i've seen

    3. evvy_09 profile image81
      evvy_09posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I agree with SheZoe.  Best love description I have read too.

    4. Twilight Lawns profile image89
      Twilight Lawnsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Love is not a decision, it is involuntary.  love us subjective and objective; no more so than the antithesis of love, whatever that may be... and that need not necessarily be hat, as hate is a closer relation to love than most emotions.

    5. Rafini profile image86
      Rafiniposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Excellent answer!




      (of course, though, it's not preventing me from tackling my own big_smile )

  4. matherese profile image61
    mathereseposted 6 years ago

    There are different types of love: agape love, filia love, romantic love , love between siblings and more which one do you refer to?

    1. austinlyan profile image77
      austinlyanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Hi, you are right... It is no easy to discuss in detail. So we can talk about love among human beings- Philio love, Eros love, Love for siblings.

      1. couturepopcafe profile image61
        couturepopcafeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Though there are many 'subcategories' of love, love is love.  The face of love may change, but love itself never does.  Is familial love born from a sense of duty or a co-mingling of DNA?  Is romantic love a chemical connection or a memory-recognition of soul mates?  What about self love?  Does it / can it truly exist?

        1. austinlyan profile image77
          austinlyanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Nice! I think self love can exist. I have met women who always said that they loved themselves.

          1. Walt Smith profile image60
            Walt Smithposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I think we've dated some of the same women. smile lol

          2. Twilight Lawns profile image89
            Twilight Lawnsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Basically those women are saying that they  love the persona that they are presenting to others so that they can attract love or whatever they perceive as love.

  5. dianne143 profile image60
    dianne143posted 6 years ago

    LOve is the means of survival

  6. profile image0
    Marge42posted 6 years ago

    I define love as the love we receive from our higher power. smile

  7. Rafini profile image86
    Rafiniposted 6 years ago

    Love, in its purest form, defies a literal cognitive definition.  There is no logic to love, no debate, no determination, no control, no thought, and no possible way to exist without.  In order to put the proper words in place, to describe Love, one must first understand that Love can only exist because of, and within, the nature of humanity.  Humanity, then, can only exist because of, and within the realms of, Love.


    In other words - Love is the balance of, and harmony between, give and take within the natural realm of humanity.

  8. andydup profile image60
    andydupposted 6 years ago

    As a father to an abducted son, I want to say this. The word love is very easily used in this modern time that we live in. I love my wife and my son dearly and this love was not able to help my son with parental abduction. So my definition of love was very different to my wife's. If I look back at people who have had fantastic long marriages and when I asked what kept them together all these years was it love? Most people answered me yes, but at the same time said they were best friends! makes you think.

  9. earnestshub profile image87
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    I see love as a doing thing and wrote a hub about it. smile

  10. profile image0
    khmohsinposted 6 years ago

    Love is probably the strongest inner thoughts a person might feel....I think its not possible for anyone to live  without love

  11. Joe Sunday profile image62
    Joe Sundayposted 6 years ago

    In the first place are you talking about true love or cupboard love? well, if you're refering to true love here is the definition: True love is a spirit. It's place of abode amongst mortals is their heart. Love influences and can also be influenced. Love is not a feeling. like is! when the spirit of love comes upon an individual he or she thinks, speaks and  acts towards the object of his or her love,so as to make the recipient experience the ecstatic dimensions of life and existent. The spirit of love can be likened to a seed in the hand of mortals,it's gains are multiplied back into their lives only when it is sown into someone's life. The seeds of love never dies in the soil. A true lover may not receive his or her harvest from the loved, but surely he or she must reap in the future. That's why anyone that truely love, never loses because love is God.

  12. Midnight Oil profile image91
    Midnight Oilposted 6 years ago

    All you need is love - love is all you need....  In the world of opposites, if you don't hate it, then you must love it.

  13. DrMikeFitzpatrick profile image60
    DrMikeFitzpatrickposted 6 years ago

    love just "is". to experience love is to have a instantaneous complimentary balance of opposites. you are "charge free" and emotions are totally balanced. you emotions are created to tell you that you are out of balance. that is a "charge". when others reflect back to you the crap about yourself you have not loved yet, welcome to life and the true "law of atraction". everything in the universe we know is made from light waves. all light waves have both half positive and half negative complimentary balanced. all of life is "frozen light" in quantum. you are love, so are the haters. smile Dr. Mike

 
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