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Transcript of Love!
What is Love?
connection at birth
you care about that person more than a casual acquaintance
In Saudi Arabia, men hold hands commonly when they do business. In the US, holding hands is a sign of affection.
friendship + something
between two people
girls are more likely to say "I love you" to their friends in America because of societal norms
Many cultures kiss as a greeting
Ancient greeks have different words for each type of love
How do the specific words available to describe a concept contribute to our understanding of that concept?
Love plays varying factors in marriage
Etymology of Love
Popova, Maria. "A Natural History of Love." .
Brain Pickings, 29 Apr. 2013. Web. 9 Feb. 2015.
The modern English word "love" comes from the Old English "lufu", which in turn is of Germanic origin. It can be traced back even farther to the Sanskrit word "lubhyati", meaning "he desires".
Why these distinctions are important
The English language has only one word for love, and only one way to verbally declare feelings of love to a person (in the direct sense, anyway). This can make expressing love difficult, and confusing. It may even be difficult to differentiate between the different types of love just on a personal level. Many languages have different ways to express the different types of love. For example, in German, there are two different ways to declare love: "Ich liebe dich", meaning "I love you" in the romantic sense, and "Ich hab dich lieb", meaning "I love you" in the platonic or familial sense. (You can imagine how much easier this makes social interaction!) The Greeks also notably had several words for different types of love: "Eros", which refers to passionate or romantic love; "Philia" which refers to platonic love; and "Agape", which refers to universal love, or the love that man has for his fellow humans.
A Slightly More Thorough Description:
“Love is the white light of emotion. It includes many feelings which, out of laziness and confusion, we crowd into one simple word. Art is the prism that sets them free, then follows the gyrations of one or a few. When art separates this thick tangle of feelings, love bares its bones. But it cannot be measured or mapped. Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one can agree on what it is.” Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of Love
Harper, Douglas. "Online Etymology Dictionary." Online Etymology Dictionary. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2015
Moseley, Alexander. "Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy." Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.
Mami. "Japan's "Love Confessing" Culture - Tofugu." Tofugu. Tofugu, 23 Oct. 2013. Web. 16 Feb. 2015.
Cohen, Lisa J. "The Psychology of Love." Psychology Today. Psychology Today, 07 Feb. 2011. Web. 08 Feb. 2015.
Lindholm, Charles. "Romantic Love and Anthropology." JSTOR. ITHAKA, 2006. Web. 09 Feb. 2015.
dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and vasopressin are all released when someone is in love
Fisher's study of "love addiction"
Love is such a universal concept that it is often either the subject of, inspiration for, or key player in, works of literature. Poets often strive to capture the ever-changing nature of this concept we have only one word for. (In the dictionary, there are synonyms listed for love; however, none of them capture the true nature of the concept, but rather only one aspect. "Fondness", "tenderness", and "warmth" do not seem to capture the true depth of the word "love".)
"Here I love you and the horizon hides you in vain.
I love you still among these cold things.
Sometimes my kisses go on those heavy vessels
that cross the sea towards no arrival."-
Twenty Love Poems
), Pablo Neruda
"It's not like a tree where the roots have to end somewhere,
it's more like a song on a policeman's radio,
how we rolled up the carpet so we could dance, and the days
were bright red, and every time we kissed there was another apple
to slice into pieces."-
, Richard Siken
"I have been waiting for this moment to inform you, love
Is a feast of pain and loneliness, wrapped in erratic
Wilderness; weaving your grave into a cold and hallowed
Ground; it is a brutal unrest, in full view of indifferent
Glares, plucked from coiling lies, vainly seeking the
Nuptial song." -
Love and Death
, T. Byram Karasu
"It has been like this
for decades, the two of them
lying together on the futon:
See, their bodies have twisted
into an old branch."-
, Cyrus Cassells
Neruda, Pablo, and Ilan Stavans. "Twenty Love Poems." 1923. The Poetry of Pablo Neruda. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003. 18. Print.
Christopher, Nicholas, and Cyrus Cassells. "Cyrus Cassells." Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets. New York: Doubleday, 1989. 34. Print.
Karasu, T. Byram. Rags of My Soul: Poems. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009. Print.
Siken, Richard. Crush. New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 2005. Print.