If you asked anyone knowledgeable how many people currently inhabit our planet, they would easily approximate a figure of around 7.4 billion people. If you went ahead and asked those very same experts why these 7.4 billion people inhabit this planet… you would probably get an overwhelmed chuckle. Answering the question of why we’re here, why we exist, can spawn an endless stream of theories and conjecture. Truth be told, the answer isn’t necessarily all that complicated. Out of everything humanity could possibly strive for, when all is said and done, we exist to do achieve one prime ideal – that is, to love.
There isn’t a person on this planet who can live without love. No doubt we can certainly function without it. We can exist without love. But a lifetime spent without sharing and receiving love is the hollowest reality a person can endure. Love enriches our relationships. It inspires kindness and compassion. It compels us to think beyond our individual interests and commune with one another as a society. A world without love wouldn’t just translate into conflict, it would be a world devoid of the aspiration and progress that makes life worth living.
Simply defined, love is a feeling of fondness and affection which generates endearment, attachment and intimacy. In daily practice, our instinctive characterization of love tends to be narrow. Mention the word love and people likely conjure up images of relationships with family, spouses or romantic partners. However, love as an emotion reaches farther, and is more complex, than what we immediately assume. Ancient Greek philosophy classified love into four prominent forms:
Agape (Divine/Unconditional Love): This is a universal, transcendent type of love that is unselfish. It is love drawn from the soul and motivates spiritual connection. Agape love is distinct because of its unselfish nature. It encourages people to care for someone, or something, without expecting any reward.
Storge (Familial Love): This is a natural type of love that hinges on the relationship between parents and children. It is love drawn from the instinctual connection between people who share lineage. Familial love forms an extraordinary bond because of how interdependent family members usually are on one another.
Philia (Friendship): This is a social type of love that hinges on goodwill. It is love motivated by loyalty and mutual interests. Unlike other more intimate forms of love, friendship is founded on a meeting of the minds. Friends develop love for one another when their values and lifestyles correspond.
Eros (Romantic Love): This is a passionate type of love that is romantic in nature. Eros is motivated by physical attraction and sensual desire. Eros focuses on physical beauty and the general appeal of a person’s personality.
In some way or another, love in all its forms is the force behind every good thing that humanity is capable of. Without agape love we would never know what it means to exercise faith. We would have no appetite for creativity or talent. No capacity to love just for the sake of loving. Without familial love we wouldn’t know what it means to care about anyone unconditionally. We would only ever engage with each other for personal gain. Without friendship we wouldn’t know what it means to have society. We would be confined to routines of loneliness and withdrawal. Without romance, there would be no sex or marriage. Families would never form, nor would humanity procreate.
Love feeds every dimension of our lives. Whether it’s love for God, love for people, love for the work we do, love for our hobbies, love for the food we eat, love for the clothes we wear, and so on. Everyone needs – and deserves – the joy and sense of fulfillment that springs from love. If you are fortunate enough to experience love in all its forms without any limitations, learn to appreciate that privilege. If it is in your power to give love to others in any of its forms, don’t hesitate. The more love we put out into the world as individuals, the more it radiates across society and encourages others to share it in kind. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on healthy living, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just re! ad from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.