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What is Love Baby?

Updated on April 5, 2019
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What Is Love Baby?

Love is a question to many people. At the very least, the subject of love is often a source for many of people’s most intimate questions. For example; Can love be forced from one person to another? How does one define love. And, even; How does love feel?

Many of the world’s denizens regularly question if it is possible to make one person possess love for another. One Khalil Gibran would appear to feel that love is beyond human control, calling love that one who “threshes you to make you naked” and “kneads you until you are pliant” (Gibran 102). According to Gibran’s artistic view, love cannot be conquered so that it may be a means to restrain someone’s free agency. Gibran believes that love is more than just a tool or an it. To Gibran, love is something living. This mentioned poet states that love “crowns you” and that love “shall… crucify you” (Gibran 102). Love is a free spirit and thus cannot be pressed onto any other without love’s willing of it.

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Additionally, perhaps the entire population of Earth has asked internally (or otherwise) what it is that is love. The famous patriarch Samael Aun Weor defines love as “infinite tenderness” and “the life that beats in every atom as it beats in every sun” (Weor 220). Interestingly, almost immediately after giving some definitions of love, Weor states that “[l]ove cannot be defined because it is the Divine Mother of the world” (Weor 220). Some poets frequently include such contradictions as to both note the differences of a thing within contrasting contexts, as well as the limitations of the human species to effectively communicate incredibly complex understandings. Weor shows his audiences that love can be defined at times in its smaller pieces, but love as a whole can only be experienced. This prior statement is evidenced when Weor claims that “[l]ove is felt within the depths of the heart” (Weor 220). Love is felt but it is not something to be defined by those simple sounds nor scribbles of land-walking short-tailed primates.

If “[l]ove is” indeed “felt within the depths of the heart” (Weor 220), then what is that feeling exactly? How is the experience of love?

To understand what love feels like, one must first determine what love is. And, if love in its wholeness can only be experienced, then communicating such an experience would be impossible for the slaves of literal meanings. Such people as the aforementioned slaves become imprisoned by words. Words need to be a vehicle to truth and not prison cells for the self-righteous. However, what one can elucidate from the provided evidence is that love can feel horribly painful and that it can feel wonderfully liberating (Gibran 102). Regardless, love is too complicated to maintain a singular expression of itself. Just as one person cannot be defined as only mad or as only happy, so love cannot be defined as only good or as only bad.

Love brings questions of itself out from people regularly. Some individuals question if it can be an item of force, some ask what it is, and yet others question how it feels. All questions relating to love are rarely handled by the poets, painters, and other lovers of the world in a simple two-dimensional format. Love is complicated and that is why it is so beautiful.

Works Cited

Gibran, Khalil. “The Prophet.” ENG 234: THE COLLECTED WORKS, Design by Barbara de Wilde and Carol Devine Carson, 2007, pp. 93-162. Alfred A. Knopf.

Weor, Samael Aun. THE PERFECT MATRIMONY THE DOOR TO ENTER INTO INITIATION TANTRA AND SEXUAL ALCHEMY UNVEILED, pp. X-X. Glorian Publishing, 2010.

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    • Guckenberger profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      4 days ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Thank you very much Patricia, and - agreed. Of course, I feel as though pages upon pages could be filled upon the subject. I have been reminded recently of the 'Doctor Who' quote: "...love, it's not an emotion. Love is a promise..."

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 days ago from sunny Florida

      Absolutely----understanding love is HUGE---"To understand what love feels one must determine what love is" well stated Angels once again are on the way ps

      --

    • Guckenberger profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      5 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Yes, you're a smart man.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      5 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello, Alexander, okay, I understood.

    • Guckenberger profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      5 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Miebakagh Fiberesima, well, how so? Love is something that I could write many many more paragraphs on.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      5 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello, Alexander, any clarification then? Thanks.

    • Guckenberger profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      5 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Jo Miller, this is certainly not a black and white topic.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      5 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Miebakagh Fiberesima, there are definitely differences. This is an incredibly complex issue!

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      5 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, And to fall in love or stay in love, the difference becomes profoundly clear?

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      Jo Miller 

      5 weeks ago from Tennessee

      Being in love and loving are two different things.

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      5 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi,Alexander, noted. Thank you.

    • Guckenberger profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      5 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Of course.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      5 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Alex, very well appreciated. Thanks.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      5 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      You as well buddy! May God bless you and your loved ones.

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      5 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello, Alexander, thanks, and a Happy Sunday to you and yours!

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      5 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Miebakagh Fiberesima, of course. :D

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      6 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Alexander, I agreed with you about the "cool" status of Elijah. Thanks for weighing in.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      6 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Lorna Lamon, absolutely. We use only the one word to describe so many different phenomena. Also, I love the pun. :D

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      6 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Miebakagh Fiberesima, yeah, Elijah is pretty cool. :)

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      6 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, all are contributing well to the discussion, and thanks. Especially thanks to Elijah for his "love aka indifference" poem.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      6 weeks ago

      I feel that there are many kinds of love, however, I think that Khalil Gibran really gets to the heart of it (pardon the pun). Great article.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      6 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Miebakagh Fiberesima, you are an intelligent and thoughtful person. I totally agree with your opinions here.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      6 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Alex, love can not be explained in a simple language. It is best to experience it. Now, my experience could be different from you and others. Whatever the reason, there is love. Thank you.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      6 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Elijah A Alexander Jr, that's an interesting perspective. I am so used to the "I" and ego being considered synonymous.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      6 weeks ago from Washington DC

      Not concerning the "I", Alexander, and yes concerning the "ego".

      The "I" is the life-force or what is normally called God. "I" is the eternal all knowing and all powerful part of our being called "god in man".

      The "ego" is the mindset that this individual "is superior to" others our specie and all the other species.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      6 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Cheryl E Preston, thank you so much. You're very sweet. ^^

    • Guckenberger profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      6 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Farrah Young, thank you for your comments, and thank you for your love. :)

    • Guckenberger profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      6 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Elijah A Alexander Jr, so you believe that love is the death of the ego or "I"? O.O

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      6 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Mary Norton, I agree. It's something of an experiential knowledge, innit?

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      Mary Norton 

      6 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      Can one define love? Maybe, one can share one's experience but love is so much more than even that.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      6 weeks ago from Washington DC

      Alexander, My experiences with love is it is something one emenates because of their appreciation for "THE IS THAT IS". Basically, what you wrote is how I recognize love so I want to thank you for sharing it.

      In the early '80s I wrote a poem I first gave the titled "Love" and later added "Indifference" to the name and made it "Love aka Indifference" and posted it in a hub called "Love Is And Isn't" where I contrasted it with what people do when they say they love. "Love aka Indifference" reads:

      Love, a word which cannot be defined,

      not what you do but a frame of mind;

      yet it does create an effect

      few are ever able to reject.

      It does not build empires by setting boundary lines,

      neither does it stake out claiming things as mine.

      It's not selfish to any at all,

      not to rich nor poor, nor great nor small.

      It's not bias in any light,

      not to red nor yellow nor black nor white;

      yet it does make every living thing your brother,

      spirit your father and the earth your nursing mother.

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      Farrah Young 

      6 weeks ago from Nigeria

      I dont think anyone can truly define what love is since it is different things to different people.

      Nice writeup.

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      Cheryl E Preston 

      6 weeks ago from Roanoke

      Profound and thought-provoking

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