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What is Love?


Love enlightens. It can give strength to the weak, and can give the courage of a thousand heroes. It can bring life to the world, and it can inspire the hearts of men. But Love can also blind. It can put fear in the hearts of the bravest of us all, and it can be the harbinger of death. Despite this, it is one of the greatest pleasures. The wispy tendrils of true Love entwine themselves in the sands of time that flow with one’s life, enriching it to the fullest extent.

The number of dreamers and wonderers of Love are countless. Percy Bysshe Shelley is among them. Shelley suggested that Love is the innate thirst to find oneself in another, to fill the chasm in our hearts and souls. I suggest that love is the phenomenon in life when one heart finds another and connects so powerfully that the lover’s souls become but one single essence that resides in both hearts. Two hearts, one soul, forever merged as one. This is Love. It is spiritual, and emotional. It is physical, as well as mental.

Those who lose love are damaged beyond repair. Their heart and soul are ripped from their bodies, leaving them empty and hollow. The air that they breathe becomes stale and thick, and the light that they see burns and blinds. Colors dull to grey, and their motivation for life shrivels into nothing. Without Love, we are nothing.

Our hearts strive for another. Love is essential to our very being, and without it, we are beasts of burden. With it, we sprout wings and fly, light and divine. Love is magic of the purest kind. It is the true magic that of which we can know. Love is living for another, putting oneself to one’s unconscious mind. When one knows love, one knows impossible is but a made up thing to scare the minds of mankind into submission. Those who love do not submit. Love can be the inspirer that sparks one’s mind, sending ideas soaring through ones imagination. It makes the world beautiful, and it let’s elation take hold of one’s body. It is what all of us wish to attain.

Love is feeling safe. It’s feeling complete and whole…and it is the feeling that everything is as it should be. One is able to talk and be listened to, and opinions become of value. The heart answers another, and is laid naked before the one you love.

Equal parts in love are happiness and sorrow. But the good that one finds in Love gives the lovers the strength to endure the pain of sorrow. It’s not the pain of cuts or bruises. It is a pain that affects the heart, the mind, and the body. It can be a physical pain; an aching… a throbbing, or a weakness that seems to resonate from the core. One has to accept both parts equal in Love, and must be strong enough to bear it. “The course of true love never did run smooth”-William Shakespeare. Those who can endure the course will discover a treasure greater than any amount of riches and jewels. To me, this is what Love is. This is what I live by, and this is what I know.
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Stop. You had us at hello. Just kidding Matt. You tackle some interesting themes with an unabashed enthusiasm. Nice writing.
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Thank you. Much appreciated
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Shelly, I don't understand your reply lol Its just a picture
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Shelly, I don't understand your reply lol Its just a picture
First of all, let me congratulate you on your piece. You did a wonderful job.

Secondly, let me say that I'm not an expert on your topic, perhaps one will chime in when I'm finished giving you my two-cents worth.


Words are used to describe love. Words aren't love. I believe love is any unselfish action. You needn't quote a Shakespeare when it comes to love. Shakespeare, as famous as he is, doesn't have a lock on love. In fact, when it comes to love, where can you find any purer than in the heart and mind of a child holding her puppy dog.

That's all I meant by the picture.
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I kind of thought it might be that after I thought about it. Thank you for your compliments And your right; something as magical as love cannot be described in mere words. But, I did the best that I could when I wrote it.
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You did an awesome job (made me somewhat jealous wishing I could write as well as you).

I'm a bit reluctant about posting Scripture below (I think the child and puppy is more than enough to get the message across), but, what the heck, check it out anyway. The author, like you, tried his best tackling the powerful positive emotion using only words. ("It's Only Words ... " The Bee Gees hit song )

Anyhow check this out if you want:

1 Corinthians 13

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1If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.


4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.


Keep up the good work, and remember the Beatles--All You Need Is Love, Love Is All You Need.




People will say love cannot buy food, cannot pay the rent, cannot send the kids to school. And, of course, they are correct.

But come the day when the stomach will no longer be a major factor, when a roof will no longer be needed as shelter from harsh weather, when the kids will no longer be troubling you but telling their kids how wonderful a parent you were, that is the day when the love you carried in your heart on earth will not only comfort you but also brighten every moment of your new existence.


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I Really like this piece of writing Matt. Mostly cause I'm a bit of a romantic myself, and at the moment I'm sort of struggling with my feelings over someone and I'm really happy I found something like this to read today. I needed it, so good job, and thanks for making my day a little bit better.
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Thank you guys

@handbanana= that is really amazing to hear. I've always wanted to use my writing affect people. So, as I have done for you, you have done for me. Thank you for making my day better.
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Never uderestimate the power of the written word.
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The written word is strong, but I would advise all young people (old as well) to look behind it.

Words have their place in telling a story or communicating a feeling, but more often than not, they are used to conceal or distort true motive. For that reason, thought, which is either “selfish” or “unselfish” is much more important than words ever will be.

Thought cannot be manipulated in the manner that a word is. Eventually a thought manifests itself and bears fruit that reveals the truth behind it. A pure thought doesn’t need to be spoken or written because it enriches everyone and everything in its path.


Example:

You come across a friend in need. He is ashamed to even make eye contact with you, and you understand this. So you reach into your pocket for a twenty-dollar and, smiling, you hand it to him. No words are necessary and no words can describe the feelings evoked in the exchange. They would all fail miserably.

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Examining the major land cessions from 1784 to 1894, it is clear that nearly all of these treaties were forced on Native American nations. Most were negotiated after wars; as in the case of the Treaty of Greenville (1795), the Treaty of Fort Jackson (1814), and the Treaty of Fort Armstrong (1832). These wars were started by white settlers encroaching on Indian lands. Other treaties were brought about by the demands of the individual states, as with the Treaty of Echota. This treaty removed the Cherokee from thier territory and resettled them in a designated Indian Territoy in Oklahoma. They were forced out in a march that killed over 4000 Cherokee. Following the Civil War, those nations that had allied with the Confederacy (such as the Cherokee and Creek) were forced to give up more territory. (The above was taken from a website.)

These were selfish thoughts that words cleverly distorted.

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Well said Shelly
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I like what you've written about love, Matt. Somehow we've gotten on the topic of whether or not words are important in describing such complicated emotions? I'm not sure how that came about, but, when it comes to what you wrote, I think it was lovely.

Interesting, clear, well written. I think you've especially hit the mark when it comes to the downside of lost love, the unbareable pain. That's what really got to me (surprise).

I do like your Shelley and Shakespeare references. Both writers come to mind when I think of the romantic aspects of love.

Now, as for the title. What is love? I would be a liar if I told you I didn't start singing, "baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me, no more" as I read that title and clicked on this piece. I seem to be the only one who had such a reaction but...I'm just throwing that out there...
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Once again the Indians are dragged unnecessarily into this conversation. Let me help, if I may.

Love is finding the buffalo herd before winter hits. It's a warm tepee and plenty of wampun. Love is a deerskin bed with a willing squaw and a ready peace pipe in hand. Love is looking down on Little Big Horn admiring a job well done. Love is knowing that someday the Great Spirit will free you from the curse of the white man. Love is owning your own gambling casino.

Sorry Matt. You arrived late to the party and therefore do not get this post. Be glad.
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Thanks for the comments phantom. I really appreciate it. As for the title... I think of that song, too lol I love it.
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This is great writing. I applaud you.
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Ill come back to this

But I have to say, reading your title made me sing 'What is love! Baby dont hurt, no moe.'
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love is complicated, it varies wildly. I love my father who is an alcoholic, I've tried to talk to him about quitting..he won't. I sometimes question if he loves me, then I look at him and realize that I am his world there is no doubt about that. He has it on his back, a cross with my name in the middle and on each end "L O M L". You would think that would be enough for me to say I love my dad. No, I tell him daily, "I love you, pops" but inside the only time I will love him truly is when he is 100% happy, which isn't on this earth, sadly His dad died when he was 13 years young and he has been drinking ever since. He's been through some real shit. Everyone looks at him as a bad guy and an asshole, because they don't know him like I do.. no one does. Some bikers killed his dad, or he committed suicide. (he's told me every time he gets too drunk, crying everytime, so it's obviously the reason he drinks) He said his dad took him to the river in Laughlin, NV. He spent the majority of the day with him, then he looked in his eyes and said, "I love you son" then took off back to the river. Where he either killed himself(my dad said he was really depressed before this) or was drowned. There was something fishy about this because his so called "friends" were there on a boat and their stories didn't add up. (couldn't ask them because one was burned to death, the other is in prison for life) My grandfather's parents never asked for an autopsy and told my dad he killed himself. My dad hates them for that, they were scared about retaliation? idk but as sad as it sounds, I will only truly love my dad when he is happy with his father in heaven. There's more to the story. I signed up here so I could sharpen my skills a little and get some insight on how to write a screenplay/script. My story shocks me everyday and I lived through it all. It's all true, believe me this isn't even the tip of the iceberg. I'm surprised I'm strong enough to attempt to write this, not just on xanax somewhere.
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love is complicated, it varies wildly. I love my father who is an alcoholic, I've tried to talk to him about quitting..he won't. I sometimes question if he loves me, then I look at him and realize that I am his world there is no doubt about that. He has it on his back, a cross with my name in the middle and on each end "L O M L". You would think that would be enough for me to say I love my dad. No, I tell him daily, "I love you, pops" but inside the only time I will love him truly is when he is 100% happy, which isn't on this earth, sadly His dad died when he was 13 years young and he has been drinking ever since. He's been through some real shit. Everyone looks at him as a bad guy and an asshole, because they don't know him like I do.. no one does. Some bikers killed his dad, or he committed suicide. (he's told me every time he gets too drunk, crying everytime, so it's obviously the reason he drinks) He said his dad took him to the river in Laughlin, NV. He spent the majority of the day with him, then he looked in his eyes and said, "I love you son" then took off back to the river. Where he either killed himself(my dad said he was really depressed before this) or was drowned. There was something fishy about this because his so called "friends" were there on a boat and their stories didn't add up. (couldn't ask them because one was burned to death, the other is in prison for life) My grandfather's parents never asked for an autopsy and told my dad he killed himself. My dad hates them for that, they were scared about retaliation? idk but as sad as it sounds, I will only truly love my dad when he is happy with his father in heaven. There's more to the story. I signed up here so I could sharpen my skills a little and get some insight on how to write a screenplay/script. My story shocks me everyday and I lived through it all. It's all true, believe me this isn't even the tip of the iceberg. I'm surprised I'm strong enough to attempt to write this, not just on xanax somewhere.
I think that you are meant to write about the post itself.
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This is a beautifully written piece with many insights into this grand thing called "love" that we human being seem to desperately latch onto. Personally, I believe true love does not come from what's around us (other people, pets, etc.) but from within. It is only when you learn to love internally that you will experience love in its purest form.

Great piece. I look forward to reading more.
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