The Bible says the greatest gift is love. The Beetles say All We Need is Love. Little valentines say "I love you." The Mills Brothers sang that "We Always Hurt the One We Love." And Tina Turner asks "What's Love Got to Do with It?"
Kind of a mixed review on the emotion in our society, but my personal take is the biblical one as it being the greatest and best thing going.
Love is a word loosely tossed about. Do we really "love" to sail? Is a dog something we truly "love?" Are Hershey kisses actually something to "love?" Is it really "love" we feel for the book we just digested, or the latest action movie we saw?
Is all this love on the same level we refer to when we look into our significant other's brown eyes and utter the most common phrase in the English -- or any other -- language? Well, maybe "When do we eat," does compete closely.
So there must be different kinds of love. Love for flowers isn’t quite the same as love for each other. Has anyone sorted out the definitions of all these kinds of love? If they have, who wrote the "Book of Love" (Monotones, 1963)? Is it required junior high school reading? More important, what are the studies quoted to support what each kind of love may be?
Even human love for one another has different classifications. I think when a teen boy first speaks the popular phrase to his steady after the prom it might be a different kind than an elderly couple shares in their twilight years, or even the kind the same two people talked of when they were newlyweds. They're probably the same two who went to the prom.
What kinda gets me is the regular use of "I love it" about everything from chocolate to the sprinkler system you just installed on your front lawn.
So common is the love word that it takes on an endless variety of definitions that I doubt ever will be cataloged.
When a teenage daughter says "I love stuffed animals," you might want to remind her that if she continues to use that word too often for everything, it will have little meaning when she meets Mr. Wonderful.
But since teenage daughters don't listen to any advice at all, it might not be worth the trouble.
Teenage sons alike. No gender bashing here. They tune at about 13, I observed.
So, when we look into those browns and say it, does it have less meaning because you've said it about everything in the world you liked up to now? Not really. Not as long as it solicits a like response. The desired impact has been achieved.
As a footnote, I truly think real love between two people is about as good as it gets along the life path. To hear someone else say, with conviction, that they feel love for you is something you can't get at Walmart, Costco or Amazon.com. (last time I checked, anyway).
The Beetles have it right. So does the Bible and all who honor love as the highest emotion.
There, now I have blogged about death, taxes and love. I am against the first two, however.