Essay on Love Is An Eternally Elusive Subject

822 Words Apr 6th, 2016 4 Pages
The concept of love has been an eternally elusive subject. It is a definition and meaning that philosophers, psychologists, biologists, and others have been seeking since the beginning of time. In itself love is a difficult concept to define. How do you avoid confusing it with lust or desire? How can one truly define what love is? One may choose to look back at the words used by the Greeks in their definition of what love is, such as eros, philia, agape. Love does not only lie in one 's self but with others as well. That is to say that our love is directed towards others, whether it be through and through the notion of self love

We can break love into three components, Passion underlining physical desire, sexual behavior, and arousal. This is the physical side of love. Intimacy, that is the emotional aspect; closeness, connectedness, and warmth of friendship. And finally Commitment, is the decision-making part, a choice of love. It is thus a strong positive emotion of affection or pleasure towards another.
There are many uses for love. Love towards something kept very close, intense emotional attachment to someone, or even just a treasured object. In Locke’s Second Treatise of Government, the State of Nature, as he describes it is a state of perfect equality where “no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty” and that everyone “is bound to preserve himself” (§6). I believe that the preservation of all mankind in this case is a type of love; preserving what…

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