The Love You Give

Maria Seiple, A&E Editor

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  The English language has one word to describe what is probably the most significant feeling known to man: love. This single word describes the way we feel about family, friends, pets, the people who are close to us, and the people we will never forget (for all the right reasons). Yet the same word we use to describe this incredible emotion is the same word we use to describe how we feel about our favorite flavor of potato chips. There are so many kinds of love, and the English language doesn’t include them all.

Over the course of our lives, we say “I love you” probably more than 1 million times. We say it to our cats, siblings, potato chips, friends, more than friends, and parents. Yet the way we say “I love you” is different for every single one.

 

Often when you hear the word “love” people automatically think of romantic love. The word love is described by the English dictionary as, “an intense feeling of deep affection.” So either people are suffering from “intense feelings of deep affection” for potato chips or our English language is just too limited in its meaning.

In other languages, there are often several words for several kinds of love. The ancient Greeks have 8 central words for love, Eros representing erotic love, Philia representing affectionate love (friendship), Storge representing familiar love (family), Ludus representing playful love, Pragma representing enduring love, Philatia representing self love, Mania representing obsessive love, and Agape representing selfless love (unconditional love).

These representations of love are often intertwined and put together because the way you feel about someone often changes and evolves the longer you know them. Someone you may have once felt Phillia (affectionate love) for can become more like Ludus (playful) which can over time evolve to Storge. The love we give is a mind field of emotions and feelings and the way it pieces together is the one thing that matters.

Love is more than a word, it’s a feeling and all the people in our lives represent a piece of it. You friends, family, even your potato chips. Each of them is given a piece of your heart, each in their own way. Love means so much more than one thing, and we all need to remember that.

 

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