What is love?

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Without love what would life be like? Think about it, millions of people say, "I love you." We celebrate love on Valentine's Day, but what is love? Some people say that in order to be in love with someone you have to have had sex with that person. Or that you can't be in love with the same sex. Someone that you're in love with might ask you to do something that you don't want to do in order to prove your love. When you love another person, do you ask them to "sacrifice a part of themselves in the name of that love" (Bahr, 1232)? No. All these statements are not what love is. Sex is not love and love is not sex. Love can be between the same sexes, and you sure don't ever have to prove something to show you're in love.

So, again, what is love? "A wise man once said that love is a wonderful thing" (Mackey, 123).

The origin of the word is probably the most logical place to start. As with many words in the English language, love is a derivative of a Latin word, which I am not sure of, but I would say, "causemajoraproblemus" which would mean, "You're miserable when you got it and miserable when you don't." What I do know is the word was created to explain the "biological phenomenon that existed when certain individuals came into contact with each other and either remained together or went about their lives separately" (Cancian, 22). Having sex with someone shouldn't be considered as love in this case. Regardless of the outcome, the relationship usually has characteristic of throat lumps, knotted stomachs, weak knees, temporary loss of language, sweaty palms, dizziness, sneezing, and occasional nausea.

Oxford English Dictionary defines the term...