If you had to say, "I love you" without using the word love— what would you say? What does the word love mean to you?
The word love. It has so much meaning. It has a different meaning to different people. Sometimes it has different meaning depending on who it is referring to. Sometimes it has different meaning based on the context the word is used. It can even have different meaning depending on the way it's said.
If you had to say, "I love you" without using the word love— what would you say?
When you say, "I love you" to your husband or wife does it mean something different than when you say, "I love Michael Jackson" as a superstar?
When you say, "I love you" to your best friend after laughing at one of their hilarious jokes, does it mean something different than when you say, "Oh my gosh, I love you!" to someone just after they've given you a gift?
Some languages have many ways of saying I love you. The ancient Greeks had six words for love:
- Eros meaning sexual drive or sexual desire, attraction, the passion to mate
- Philia or strong likeness, for deep friendship, affinity, the love because you're similar to myself
- Philautia means the natural love of oneself, approval of oneself, driven by biological need of self-preservation
- Pragma means acceptance or long-term love, often detached and associated with freedom giving
- Agape meaning the universal love one feels or the belief that everyone is inheriantly good but misunderstood
- Ludus or flirty love/like, limerance, crush, puppy love, teasing love, playful and new love
In Spanish we say, "I love you" in many ways as well. Two examples are:
- Te Amo means I love you, usually to a lover
- Te Quero means I love you, but more properly "I want you."
In American English, love has many synonyms, and love is a synonym for many words.
What does love mean to you— in a relationship?
What does love mean to you— toward your offspring?
What does love mean to you— toward strangers?
Is there such a thing as "tough love?"
Do you feel like sacrificial love is superior to selfish love? If so, why?
Do you feel like loving yourself is wrong? If so, why?
Do you feel like loving yourself is essential? If so, why?
Do you think God is love? Do you think love is God?
How about unconditional love, do you think it exists?
Do you love me? If so, what does that mean? If not, why do you not?
What inspires you to use love as a term?
- Because you need it/them?
- Because you want it but don't have it/them?
- Because it/them rejects you?
- Because you want to help it/them?
- Because you are concerned for it/them?
- Because you were told it's right?
- Because you agree?
- Because its stimulating?
- etc... what else? Why?
Is love beautiful to you?
Is it exciting? Is it frightening?
Is it dangerous? Is it painful or pleasurable?
Can you define love?
Do you define love with a dictionary, or your heart? Or, do you define it with your mind or by a rulers saying?
Can you love in scale? Can you love more? Can you love less? Can love die?
When do you feel love is faked? When do you feel love is a lie?
Can one person's love be more than another person's love?
Can you love a plant? Can a plant love you?
Can you love a pet snake? Does the pet snake love you the same way in return?
Do you love being challenged? Do you love being unchallenged?
Is love a feeling to you? Or is it an action?
What does love mean to you?
What does the word love mean to you?
What does the concept of love mean to you?