Diaz, Zenki P.
September 15, 2014
Professor Cathlyne Alvarez
I am going to start this reflective paper with the most predictable beginning: What does it mean to love for the sake of love? Getting to the main point commenced with research first, tackling concepts about love, particularly on what it is. What is love? The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines love in various ways, some of which are the following – Love is a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties, an attraction based on sexual desire, or affection based on admiration, benevolence or common interests. Some people view love by associating the noun to people or objects, e.g. “Love is my wife”, “Love is my circle of friends”, or “Love is my sparkling BMW”. Some descriptions are from songs, like the song “Love” from Petra, with the lyrics going like this: Love is patient, love is kind, no eyes of envy, true love is blind. Love is humble, it knows no pride, no selfish motive hidden inside… and sooo on. In many different parts of the world, love is defined countlessly. It is in the nature of man to make sense of things that are abstract (like love) in order to have a stable grasp on what goes on in the universe. So here is my version of making sense of love. Love, for me, is something magical that spurs deep inside and opens each of our hearts to different strengths and possibilities. Love is mystical, love is a mystery, and love is everywhere.
Why do we love? Some love for the sake of wealth, some for the sake of beauty, some for the sake of convenience, and many others. But love is not supposed to be something triggered by specific criteria. Love is supposed to be unconditional. Based on the definitions given above, if love is affection arising out of kinship, then would love be non-existent for unrelated people? Would love still exist without the presence of sexual desire or affection? Without admiration or benevolence or rapport between...
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