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“People use the word ‘love’ a lot of different ways. Take me, for instance. I am often heard saying that I love my mom and dad. I am also often heard saying that I love pizza. What am I saying when I say I love my mom and dad? I’m saying that I care about them. I’m saying that I love spending time with them and that I talk to them every chance I get. I’m saying that if they needed me, I would do every humanly possible to help them. I’m saying that I always want what’s best for them. What am I saying when I say I love pizza? Am I saying that I care deeply about pizza? Am I saying that I have a relationship with pizza? Am I saying that if pizza had a problem, I would be there for the pizza? (What? Not enough pepperoni? I’ll be right there!) Of course not. When I say I love pizza, I’m just saying that I enjoy eating pizza until I don’t want any more pizza. Once I’m tired of the pizza, I don’t care what happens to the rest of it. I’ll throw it away. I’ll feed it to the dog. I’ll stick it in the back of the refrigerator until it gets all green and moldy. It doesn’t matter to me anymore. These are two very different definition of the word ‘love’. It gets confusing when people start talking about love, and especially about loving you. Which way do these people love you? Do they want what is best for you, or do they just want you around because it is good for them, and they don’t really care what happens to you? Next time someone looks deeply into your eyes and says ‘I love you’, look very deeply right back and say, ‘Would that be pizza love, or the real thing?”
~ Mary Beth Bonacci
What do we mean when we use the word LOVE? Do we really use the word “LOVE” correctly?
And, yes, I think there is such a thing as love between parents and their children, love between an owner and its pets, love of a higher power (in religion or spiritualithy), and last but not least, a love of pizza!!!
However, it is so strange and baffling to me when you see two people who are seemingly inseparable… hanging all over each other saying “I love you” one day then they hate each other 3 days later.
It is my opinion, true love requires no physical ties to exist and/or sustain, even in the event of a relationship. I believe that in many cases of love we see these days, “conditional love” exists…i.e., as long as you make me happy, I love you! As long as you do what I want you to do, I love you! As long as you don’t change, I love you! (hmmmmmm, what is this love based upon?)
What’s your thoughts on this statement? Have we reduced the meaning of the word LOVE?
~ Preston Byrd