A perspective of LOVE

According to dictionary and wikipedia.com,  love defined is a virtue representing human kindness, compassion, and affection—”the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another. Of course there is also the personal attachment one may feel toward another, but this manifestation of love is derived from inner feelings.  The misconception is when the word “love” is portrayed as a noun. Many people utter the words “I love you” to express an inner feeling in which they hope is returned. But love itself is demonstrated by actions and not limited to an utterance. When you genuinely love someone, you love in spite of, even if that individual person doesn’t return it. When love is genuine, you remain the same even if you see him or her with someone else. Now, this will touch your inner emotions to see someone with another person. But LOVE still loves simply because the individual is happy. The Holy Scriptures delcare that we ought to love each other as ourselves. This backs up the notion that “love” is best described by an individual’s actions.

According to wikipedia.com, from a cultural view, Greek distinguishes several different senses in which the word “love” is used. Ancient Greeks identified four forms of love: kinship or familiarity (in Greek, storge), friendship (philia), sexual and/or romantic desire (eros), and self-emptying or divine love (agape). Modern authors have distinguished further varieties of romantic love.[28] However, with Greek (as with many other languages), it has been historically difficult to separate the meanings of these words totally. At the same time, the Ancient Greek text of the Bible has examples of the verb agapo having the same meaning as phileo.

Agape means love in modern-day Greek. The term s’agapo means I love you in Greek. The word agapo is the verb I love. It generally refers to a “pure,” ideal type of love, rather than the physical attraction suggested by eros. However, there are some examples of agape used to mean the same as eros. It has also been translated as “love of the soul.”

Eros (from the Greek deity Eros) is passionate love, with sensual desire and longing. The Greek word erota means in love. Plato refined his own definition. Although eros is initially felt for a person, with contemplation it becomes an appreciation of the beauty within that person, or even becomes appreciation of beauty itself. Eros helps the soul recall knowledge of beauty and contributes to an understanding of spiritual truth. Lovers and philosophers are all inspired to seek truth by eros. Some translations list it as “love of the body.”

Philia a dispassionate virtuous love, was a concept addressed and developed by Aristotle.[citation needed] It includes loyalty to friends, family, and community, and requires virtue, equality, and familiarity. Philia is motivated by practical reasons; one or both of the parties benefit from the relationship. It can also mean “love of the mind.”

Storge is natural affection, like that felt by parents for offspring.

Xenia , hospitality, was an extremely important practice in Ancient Greece. It was an almost ritualized friendship formed between a host and his guest, who could previously have been strangers. The host fed and provided quarters for the guest, who was expected to repay only with gratitude. The importance of this can be seen throughout Greek mythology—in particular, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.

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