Can We Define Love?


Love is the most sublime and noble concept that man has ever formulated. However, who has fully understood its real meaning? Jesus said, “Love your enemies”. In fact does anybody love his enemies? Will there be enemies for a person who really loves? The Bible also teaches, “Love your neighbor as yourself” There another question pops up- ‘who is your neighbor? Therefore, the concept of love is also the most complex idea that man has ever coined.

Love is the mother of all other virtues. Compassion, hope, faith, tolerance, patience, humility, perseverance, modesty, and nobility all these virtues originate from it. Is love a feeling? If that so, even lust would become a manifestation of love. Is there anything like ‘unconditional love’? Is such a love attainable to a mere human being? We all love within the parameters of our culture, personality traits, dogma, ethical background, principles in life, and so on.

As I said in one of my articles, the pure love is love itself. We should become love. We don’t love anybody. What we must do is to be love. To be love itself and it is ineffable. Language is an imperfect tool in defining such a love. It transcends the mundane realm and elevates one beyond him to other horizons of knowledge, being and life. Love is not a thing or commodity. The sad story of modern culture is that love has become commercialized. It is sold for money, power and prestige. It has degenerated into the status of a mere commodity. Thus its values are also fluctuating. In fact, love is priceless. It is priceless because we have nothing to compare with it.

To conclude, will there be a century in human history where such a pure love exists? Will it remain a utopian idea which exists only in heaven? And if such a time happens how our lives would be? Will there be any sufferings in such a world? Will there be any terrorism or war? Will there be corruption, poverty and discrimination? Won’t it be a paradise where peace, serenity and happiness hover around?

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4 thoughts on “Can We Define Love?

  1. Nice Article. Very Well Written. Reading your post, I am reminded of the definition for Love that was given by one of my professors in college, ‘Love is an Act of accepting another person in Totality.’

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