The Meaning of Love

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In today's world, morality and humanity is not what it used to be. People will trample over others in blatant disregard and apathy to come out on top. However, there is still hope for us all. Love still exists in the world today. Although it does not have much spoken meaning, love is an important part of humanity. We have all said, "I love you," but can all of us give a valid explanation to what love is? Most people have a good idea, but cannot explain it to someone who would have no clue to what it is.

According to the dictionary, love is defined as a deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person or object. Throughout the history of mankind, we as a world culture have made love out to be mysterious, complex, difficult, and indefinable. It's the subject of countless songs and poems.

The truth about love is that it is more than just a mere emotion; it is an actual attachment, both physically and mentally, to a person. Have you ever been out in public and seen a couple holding hands, cuddling, or kissing? That is the physical need of attachment from your significant other. When a mother stays home from work or misses an important shopping day to stay home and care for her sick child, that is both a mental and physical love and attachment. With love inside us, we are willing to go out of our way to help others. In a world full of hate, love is what keeps everything running smoothly.

At the same time, the problem with most people today is that they uselessly throw around words that have little or no meaning to the speaker. Love is a prime example of this. How many times...