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LOVE? It’s a question that’s puzzled scientists, psychologists,
philosophers and poets throughout the ages, and in 2014,
“What Is Love” was the 3 rd -most popular Google search.
Clearly, this age-old puzzle is one that the average Joe is
still trying to solve today.
T E X T BY D ENA R O CH É
W alk down the street and ask 100 people
what love is and you’ll likely get 100
different answers. We might know what
love feels like, but putting it into words
is hard. For something so elemental and
sought-after, defining love remains elusive. Maybe this is
because there are so many forms that love can take.
In fact, in ancient times, people differentiated love instead
of using the word as an umbrella to cover the complexities of
50 all our relationships. There was philia, a platonic love between
family and close friends; ludus a flirting nature; pragma, the
deep mature love built on commitment and understanding;
agape, a love for humanity; philautia, or self-love; and of
course eros, the love of passion & desire.
While there are many types of love, when most people
talk about it, they’re talking about the romantic kind. From
the time we’re pre-teens, most of us are on a quest to find
someone to love us and to love. Our culture teaches through