She loves me, she loves me not
You just got off the phone with your girlfriend of three years and told her that you loved her and you were on the way to the store, she replied with, “ I’m doing homework at the library, ill see you tonight”. A few minutes later, as your driving through a nearby backstreet you pass a house and see your girlfriend walking out with a man that you have never seen before. What are you to think? What really is the meaning of love? It is just a word? Does it really have a meaning? This was one of the chapters (“The Meaning of Words”) that stood out to me in the book What Does It All Mean by Thomas Nagel.
So what does this word really mean? To me the word means a lot more than just any other word. It is a very strong word and can be used for many things, but I do believe that it needs to be used carefully, because the word often becomes lost in translation. Many people in our current society use the word to describe their feelings for everything such as, I love this show, or I love this shirt. Even if you were to say that you were in love, what does that mean? When people say they are in love they can mean different things, some also over use that word, “ I’m so in love with this store”. Back to my story in the beginning of the paper, does being in love pose that you trust that person not to cheat, or be sneaky? Maybe she thought that you love her and really care about her but she is allowed to lie and be sneaky, and that is where the word love gets lost in translation. Where is the true meaning and where is the exact definition? The word can be used in a million different ways, and I do not think there is an exact true meaning for the word, I think that every person has a different meaning for it and use it in other ways than the person next to them. After reading this chapter I realized that words are linked with past experiences and are different for different cultures. Think about slang and how you and your group of friends...
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