- Introduction: “Where there is love there is life,” said Mahatma Gandhi
- The sentiment of love makes us live in society, bound by relationship, friendship, religious, business and professional ties.
- This fabric of love binds the society, making life a pleasant experience
- Deviant form of love like narcissist love for one self, or love for wealth, power and position
- In the romantic sense love has been there since time immemorial
- Conclusion: It is indeed inconceivable to imagine a world without the benevolent emotion of love
“Where there is love there is life,” said Mahatma Gandhi. This sums up the significance of emotions of love in our life. Man perhaps is the only creature bestowed with so many kinds of emotions like love, anger, jealousy, hatred , fear etc. Out of these love is perhaps the best and the most rewarding, for it makes the person as well as those around him happy. Describing love is difficult hence different people ascribe different meaning to it. Some people say love is sacrifice, love is in giving etc. However the dictionary definition of love is ‘warm affection, benevolence, sexual passion to another,’ depending on the context it is used.
The sentiment of love makes us live in society, bound by relationship, friendship, religious, business and professional ties. in order to lead a happy life, one interacts with different people and consequently this feeling of love varies. Thus for example the love of a parent for his children, would be expressed differently, than that of a brother for his sister, or for that matter a beloved. It is not only confined to interpersonal relationships, but also used in the context of one’s special liking for some specific things or animals. Thus someone may love a book or an article and have a personal liking for it.
The fabric of love binds the society, making life a pleasant experience. In a world full of hate, jealousy, animosity, competition and violence, it stands out as the noblest of all human emotion, which is easy to preach but difficult to practice. All religions preach the importance of love, still there is so much negative passion in the world today. Either people have not understood its significance, or it is difficult to practice the percept. Both appear to be true, for love calls for tremendous compassion, sacrifice, understanding, humility and commitment. These are all noble virtues that are exceedingly deficient in the present materialistic society. Though the path is arduous and long, its effect on even our acknowledged opponents is profound and everlasting. Thus while one may bodily overpower an adversary albeit temporarily, but with love one can befriend him for life. Emperor Ashoka realised this, after the Kalinga war. He adopted Buddhism, and set about spreading the message of love and Ahimsa throughout the world. Consequently his empire spread far beyond his national boundaries, endearing him to people across Asia.
Like all good things love too has some deviant forms which are harmful and at best avoided. These are the narcissist love for one self, or love for wealth, power and position, which make one greedy, and corrupt. These are harmful in the long run, for they contradict the basic philosophy of love.
In the romantic sense love has been there since times immemorial. It is the purpose of procreation. It recognises no boundaries of caste, creed and religion, for it is something to do with the heart. This is for ‘love is blind’. It multiplies happiness in the company of beloved and like knowledge increases with age.
It is indeed inconceivable to imagine a world without the benevolent emotion of love. It is the key to happiness and can makes the world a better place to live. It however calls for bestowing this emotion in ample measure on one another. This is, because love, like knowledge, increases with giving, and is never wasted, for “Love cannot be wasted, it makes no difference where it is bestowed, it always brings in big returns.”