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Feature WHAT IS 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