Understanding the True Definition of Love

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“Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible-it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could” (de Angelis). How do you begin to define a force so powerful that it can transform lives, bring you more joy than any material possession, yet has no quantitative benchmark to define it? Webster’s dictionary defines love in many ways, one being, “A strong positive emotion of regard and affection” (Webster’s). There are several different types or theories of love and there are often certain feelings that are associated with love. There are actions that can show love and love can also be defined by the absence of some or all of these qualities. The definitions for the different types of love are all different, yet all share similar qualities. Romantic Love is the most common type of love mentioned, and most definitions of love mention some type of romantic feelings between two people, yet it is quite easy to misunderstand. Romance is the seeking of passion, which will lead people to sacrifice almost everything including commitments, obligations, duty and even other relationships in search for passion. Romance has to be a key part of romantic love, but by itself is a selfish projection of our feelings onto another in the relationship. True love abandons all of the ego’s desires and seeks to find the appreciation of another’s value. True love is not just romance, but a true desire to serve and affirm the one we love. In the Night Waitress, romance or passion is exactly what the waitress is missing and is wanting when she says, “There’s a man who leans over the jukebox nightly pressing the combinations of numbers. I would not stop him if he touched me, but it’s only songs of risky love he leans into” (Hull 16), this is an example of romance, but not an

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