By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Defining "Love," Again

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romance sous le parapluie jaune #1 (Photo credit: ah zut)
It's a perennial problem, especially in the last 30 or so years. The confusion is so massive and fundamental that large swaths of the culture seem to have abandoned the concept as almost useless in describing, for example, relations between the sexes. 

So, let's give it a try again.

"Love" is paying attention to the other, is care and concern for the other. Sex alone is not love. Living with another is not enough to rise to the level of love. Dating or "seeing another" is not enough to equal love. 

Love is concern and care. In the terms of phenomenological philosophy, love is the self going outside of itself and relating in care, a "thrownness" that journeys out of the self. Love is an exodus.

In the Christian tradition, it is going out of oneself to the point, if necessary, of extinguishing the self for the good of the other. Hence, the crucifix.
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