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KaenaFarmer
English101
Dr.Elum
November16,2016
TheGreatestEmotion
TheEnglishalphabetiscomprisedof26letters,thatcreatemillionsofwordswith
infinitemeanings.Althoughtheyarejustletters,theyareputtogethertocreatepowerful,strong
meaningsthatcanbeextraordinaryandlifechanging;anexampleofthisisthewordlove.Love
derivesfromtheLatinwordslubetandlubudo,meaningitispleasinganddesirable.Loveisan
intensefeelingofdeepaffection,andisdefinedasTohaveorfeelgreataffection,fondness,or
regardfortowardsapersonorathingpersonifiedbytheOxfordEnglishDictionary.Thisword
datesbacktotheearliestEnglishwritingsinthe8thcentury.Althoughthewordhasbeenaround
forcenturies,themeaningcontinuestostaythesame.Therearevarioustypesoflove:Eros,
Philia,Ludus,Agape,andPragmaLove.Lovecanbedefinedinmanydifferentways,becauseit
isthemostpowerfulactionthatanyhumancanfeelordo.
Erosissexualorpassionatelove.Thiswasthefirstkindoflovethatwasnamedafterthe
Greekgodoffertility.Thistypeofloveisespeciallyevidentintodayssociety,becauseofthe
waysexisviewed;itisnotsacredanymore.Inourgeneration,peopledonotknowhowtoactas
gentlemenandladies.Realloverelationshipsarebeginningtobecomeextinct,anddivorce
ratesareatalltimehighs.Thishasaneffectsonme,becausemanykidsnowgrowupintwo
separatehouseholds;therefore,itaffectstheirrelationshipswithothers.

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Theserelationshipsthatwerepreviouslymentioned,areconsideredtobePhiliaLove,
whichisfriendshiplove.Thislovepertainstoshowingloyaltytoyourfriends,sacrificingfor
them,andsharingyouremotionswiththem.Attendingcollegeawayfromhome,hasgivenme
thechancetofindoutwhomyrealfriendsare,andwhoItrulycherishtobeinmylife.Growing
up,myfathertoldmetonotworryaboutfriendsthatcomeandgo;becauseinlife,peopleonly
haveahandfuloftruegenuinefriends.Friendsmakesituationseasier,becauserealfriendshave
therightintentionsandtrulycare.AnothertypeofPhiliaLove,isStorgeLove,whichisthelove
betweenparentsandtheirchildren.Thisloveisstrong,becauseparentsandchildrenloveeach
otherbeforetheytrulygettoknowoneother.ItisthetrustinGod,andtheinnateaffectiongod
putsbetweenachildandtheirparents.
LudasLoveisconsideredtobeplayfullove.Thisislovethattakesplacebetween
childrenoryounglovers.Thisiswhenpeopleflirt,andteasewitheachotherintheearlypartsof
arelationship.Itislovethatpeoplelookforwardtointhehoneymoonstageofarelationship.
AnotherexampleofLudasLove,iswhenpeoplegoouttoabarorclubandlaughordancewith
people.Dancingwithstrangersistheultimateludicactivity,becauseitisanalternativeforsex.
Thisisabigthinginsociety,becauseatmostclubs,bars,orpartiesthisactivityhappensandis
lookedatasasocialnorm;everyoneacceptsit.
Everyoneacceptswhatistakingplace,becausepeoplejustwantstohaveagoodtime;
andthisrepresentsAgapeLove,whichisloveforeveryone.AgapeLoveisthemostessential
love,becauseitisselflesslove.Thisislovethatpeoplegivetoothers,whethertheyarefamilyor
strangers.AgapeLoveisalsothelovethatGodexpectsustohaveforoneother,becausehesent
Jesustodieforoursins;so,weshouldallloveeachotherlikeChristlovesus.Thisisthemost

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importantlovetomebecauseGodhasblessedmewithcountlessamountsofblessings,andin
returnallheasksifforustoloveourneighborasourselves.
Whenweareinlove,wealwayslovethatpersonmorethanourselves;thisloveiscalled
Pragma,longlastinglove.Thisisadeepunderstandingthatisestablishedbetweenlongmarried
couples,andwherepeoplemakecompromisestohelptherelationshipandputotherswantsfirst.
Thisistrueromanticlovethatshowspatienceandtolerance,aswellasshowingmoreeffortinto
givingloveratherthanreceivinglove.Thisisimportant,becauseinlifeonearthformethe
ultimategoalistobeagreatchildofGod,andbeagreatwifetomyhusbandoneday.Many
peopleneverachievethislove,becausetheyputtheirwantsfirst,thatisnotaproblem,buttrue
loveknowsnolimitandwilldowhatevertokeeptheirpartnerhappy.
Loveisapowerful,andimportantforceintheworld.Becauseofthis,everyhumanin
sometypeofway,experiencesloveinmultipleways.Everydecisionthatismadeinthisworld,
ismadewithsometypeofloveitbeingselflove,friendlove,playfullove,orromanticlove.
Loveinfluenceseveryoneandisthemostpowerfulactionintheworld.

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WorksCited
Krznaric,Roman.TheAncientGreeks6WordsforLove(AndWhyKnowingThemCanChange
YourLife).27Decemebr2013.20Novemeber2016.
Simpson,John."OxfordEnglishDictionary."1993.