It’s a question most of us don’t contemplate, but what is love? An emotion? A pre-requisite for family members? An excuse for behavior? Can you love things that aren’t alive? Can you love someone you’ve never met? Are there really different types of love? Can love last a lifetime?
What Is Love?
There are no shortage of opinions and definitions, but I prefer Marianne Williamson’s definition. “Love is to people what water is to plants.” And “Love is the essential existential fact. It is our ultimate reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.” In other words, we all need love.
Love Is Love
It is easy to argue, but love is love. You can fall in love with a person, a pet, an art form, a sunset—or anything you come across in life. Yes, our relationship with each person or thing is unique, but love is always love. You can even feel a loving connection to someone you have never met, like when you watch an online video or read a story that brings you happy tears—or not so happy tears.
We may not always feel we have love, but we are all connected—and all have access to a universal love.