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Has Loves Lost Its Meaning?
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22 / M / Hughesville, Penn...
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Posted 5/1/13
Love will find you if you are willing to trust people.
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30 / M / "Spaaaaace!"
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love is what you make of it. I prefer respect.
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27 / M / Kentucky
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Posted 5/1/13 , edited 5/1/13
Someone needs to listen to Payphone by maroon 5 (ಥ‿ಥ)...

Or perhaps since your a girl you'd prefer this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6N6AaryENM

Not everyone sings about love the same way. Not everyone talks about love the same way. Not everyone experiences love the same way.

You be generalizing. Words don't lose their meanings, people give them new ones. Words are just symbols for what we attach them to anyway. Love could mean something completely different in a different culture.

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Still holds its meaning, well, to me that is.
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Yes, it has lost it's meaning. But not in the sense that it no longer means the same as it used to, but in the sense that the word has gained more meanings than it previously had, and whatever it's intended meaning in conversation can often be lost in its vast amount of definitions it has, both colloquial and official. This really isn't the fault of people who use the word, but rather the fault of the English language. In English, we only have two words for love: like and of course, love. Although we're, by far, much more fortunate than the French, as they only have one word which serves for the meanings of both like and love, aimer

But by far the most explicitly obvious words for love in would come from Greek. They have four words for love: Agápe, Éros, Philia, and Storge.

Agápe means self giving love, and is often used to describe the concept of being compassionate and caring for others regardless of whatever wrongs they do to you. A better phrase would be "unconditional love."

Éros is that feeling you get whenever you "fall" for another person. It's that sweet bliss we're loathe to call infatuation. It's the sexual desire for, or sexual attraction to another peroson.

Philia is platonic love, friendship. The love that occurs between best friends, which isn't sexual, but the care expressed between those friends is still very real and deep.

Storge is affection, the best way to describe this word is to bring to mind a person you like, not because of anything he is interested in or does, but because you hang around them so much that just his presence is enjoyable.

None of these "loves" are mutually exclusive and ideally, someone who you have all four loves for, would make a very awesome spouse.

If anyone wants to know more, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_words_for_love

In English, we have to settle for using "love" to mean all of these things. At least, so long as you're too lazy to take the time to explain exactly what you mean by "love"

And of course, then you have Japanese, but the language is so conversationally and contextually dependant that the words 好き (suki), 大好き(daisuki), and 愛し(aishi), may all have different levels of meaning depending on who's using them, and how,

Also, has anyone ever heard the use of 巨大好き(Kyodaisuki)? I heard it in one anime at some point and it was translated as "pasison" in the subtitles, but I haven't been able to find other similar uses.

Edit: I suppose the falls in the TL;DR category...
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Posted 5/1/13

CalifCat wrote:

What do you get when you fall in love?
A guy with a pin to burst your bubble
That's what you get for all your trouble
I'll never fall in love again
I'll never fall in love again

What do you get when you kiss a guy?
You get enough germs to catch pneumonia
After you do, he'll never phone you
I'll never fall in love again
I'll never fall in love again

Don't tell me what it's all about
'Cause I've been there and I'm glad I'm out
Out of those chains, those chains that bind you
That is why I'm here to remind you

(What do you get when you give your heart?
You get it all broken up and battered
That's what you get, a heart that's shattered
I'll never fall in love again
Oh, I'll never fall in love again)


(What do you get when you fall in love?
You get enough tears to fill an ocean
That's what you get for your devotion
I'll never fall in love again
I'll never fall in love again)

What do you get when you fall in love?
You only get lies and pain and sorrow
So, for at least until tomorrow
I'll never fall in love again
I'll never fall in love again

Out of those chains, those chains that bind you
That is why I'm here to remind you

What do you get when you fall in love?
You only get lies and pain and sorrow
So, for at least until tomorrow
I'll never fall in love again
I'll never fall in love again
I'll never fall in love again


best song evar!

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23 / M / SoCal, HB
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Posted 5/1/13
1.
a (1) : strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties
<maternal love for a child> (2) : attraction
based on sexual desire : affection and tenderness felt by
lovers (3) : affection based on admiration, benevolence, or
common interests <love for his old schoolmates>

b : an assurance of affection <give her my love>

- merriam-webster

2.


-Patrick
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25 / M / Norway
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Posted 5/1/13
Don't talk about love on internet. It's stupid and yeah that word is spoiled in every way. Even I am stupid enough to use it too much. Damn right that is.
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24 / M / United States
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Posted 5/1/13
The word really is abused now days.

Infatuation is commonly mistaken for as love as well.
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18 / M / Tiphares
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I don't know, you tell me.
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18 / M / Pennsylvania
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Depends on whom you are directing this to, maybe to the generations of today and yesterday it has. relationships barely last nowadays.. from what i've seen.
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ye bro i luv ya matey

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23 / F / Sexual Chocolate
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It's overused, doesn't mean it has no meaning though.

I expect lots of bitching in this thread about how "OMG this generation doesn't know what love is" from the arm armchair sociologists of the internet. Because people were all about love in the past. In before "but divorce rates" (people couldn't get divorced as easily in the past, less stigma due to reasons beyond it being more common, etc.).
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Love really is just a word. Always has been. It's how the word is used that counts. The context of it all is key to its meaning.

That said, "love" hasn't lost its meaning, it's just used more often to describe the feelings one person has for another. The deeper, more intimate meaning of "love" appears when the time and people are right.
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I do not think love has lost its meaning but has been confused with lust. The media portrays love as some sort of fairy tale where you will find your prince charming or princess (which ever you prefer) and live happily ever after. Wrong. Love isn't just a feeling like most people think it is but also work. When you love someone you should not be selfish and only want from that person. If you truly love someone you would want the best for them, you put them before yourself and want to make them a better person. You are will to put aside your differences because you care deeply about that person. Love is not just a feeling, I repeat; love is NOT just a feeling. Feelings and emotions change so rapidly, which is why people "fall out" of love. They think love is a feeling. Another thing the media does is they portray is having sex and loving someone are the same thing. Sex can break a lot of relationships because it makes things complicated and if people are insecure about their selves then you know how that ends. All the kissing, cuddling, holding hands, even sex are always expected when it comes to love but people can do all of those things without loving a person. Loving is far more than just the physical and emotional acts, I believe it's a spiritual thing too.

Do you know why the divorce rate is so high these days? It's because standards have gone down in relationship because of sex and lust. People marry each other thinking they love each other when they don't. Going back to the "you shouldn't be selfish in love" thing I was talking about earlier. People do always expect for them to be that person’s number one and they always have to do things for them since they "love" them, yet the person isn't doing anything in return. A lot of girls have this idea that they should be treated like princesses and "their" prince will only do their bidding. Princess should treat guys like princes too in my opinion and care for them as much as they do them. Going back to the divorce thing, today people don't know how to solve problems and when they hit a bump in the road they break up because their "love" wasn't that strong in the first place. They didn't love each other, they were just selfish. But hey, human are selfish by nature that's why love is so hard to find.
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