Again, I was being asked to explain what is the meaning of love to some teenagers around me. All the other younger counselors send their young clients to me. It is a difficult topic but I tried.
I am not answering their question on my post, but I will give some food for thoughts on the topic.
We understand the meaning of a word according to our level of maturity – not the chronological age but the mental age of an individual. There are many facets of LOVE. I am not a master or a guru on this topic, but I will attempt to name a few. Many readers may have a totally new viewpoint which may be totally different from mine. I respect their viewpoints.
LOVE first starts with APPEAL. With APPEAL comes the ATTRACTION. With ATTRACTION comes the DESIRE. With DESIRE comes POSSESSION. With POSSESSION comes a variety of problems: JEALOUSY and HATRED which are the most outstanding problems which may lead to DIVORCE! With POSSESSION comes MUTUAL DEPENDENCY. With MUTUAL DEPENDENCY COMES TILL DEATH DO WE PART!
At each stage, there must be personal sharing of ideas, hobbies, likes and dislikes and combatibilities of character.Some may put RELIGION above everything else. That is a very important aspect in life.
The above are some of the most important facets of LOVE. Each of us will recognise some of these stages and understand the elusiveness of LOVE.
LOVE DOES NOT DEPEND ON OUR FEELINGS, SEX APPEAL, FINANCIAL STATUS ETC!
LOVE INCLUDES SYMPATHY, EMPATHY AND COMPASSION! When we have all these, then it is LOVE FOR CERTAIN!