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What is Love?

It's been really interesting to see the responses to various threads here asking questions such as, 'What is God?', 'What is Liberty?', etc.

I think that all (most, many?) of us here would agree that an essential, if not the most essential factor in fostering a r3VOLution for Liberty, is that it be done with Love.

Given that, I'd really 'love' to hear responses to the following questions:

- What is Love? Where does it come from? Is it something transcendent or not?

- Do you agree that Love is the foundation of Liberty, or is it just a nice-to-have thing on the side?

- Will Liberty last in a society that does not have Love?

I think you probably know my views already from other threads (Christian, Platonic view on ideal Love existing and being essential); but I'm interested to hear the variety of views that are out there on 'what is Love?'.

Kind of fits in with us just having celebrated Valentine's Day, I guess. :)




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Cyril's picture

Love is True Gift.

Love is True Gift.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

John15:13 King James

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Love is.....

"God is love" ~ 1 John 4:8 ~

And as others here have quoted:

"God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life" ~ John 3:16 ~

"No greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down His life for His friends"
~ John 15:13 ~

The greatest love every to be exhibited on the face of the earth, was by the very Love of God for sinful mankind!

That, is Love!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

Denise B's picture

Well said holbrook!

Yes, God is love and also the author of it. :)

Yes Denise!

He is the very essence of Love!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

Phxarcher87's picture

Romans 5:8 from the Holy Bible

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect" - Mark Twain

hmm

To see a spider on the wall and decide to let it live.

:)

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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Love the response

I was going to post something more wordy about empathy being love, but you did it better with that witty one-liner.

"Baby don't hurt me, don't

"Baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me, no more."

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.
-Patrick Henry

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zlViU5PBPY

"Endless money forms the sinews of war." - Cicero, www.freedomshift.blogspot.com

Was going to post the same

Was going to post the same thing.

lmfao

nice

lol :)

Actually, to the chagrin of my wife, I tend to do that. LOL :) ... I don't know if it's me appreciating life or just being crazy, but more often than not I'll grab an empty jar, slide a piece of paper under it, and transport it outside.

Would be interested to hear you expand on this more, though, if there was a deeper point you were after there. Maybe like a version of 'love your enemies', 'turn the other cheek', etc.? :)

Love is the only bridge to God

Love is the only bridge to God.

....

I just found this quote and going to post it on Twitter with the hashtags #banksters #bailouts:

"Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught."
-- Honore de Balzac

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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

in its most basic form love is light

and light is love.

some people worship the sun because it feel like getting hugs from light... hehe :)

Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right. -Henry Ford

You know...

...the other day while I was driving home, listening to an audiobook version of George MacDonald's 'Unspoken Sermons' where he expounds on God's love, I was heading west with the late afternoon sun breaking through the clouds (a rare occurrence these days in the Northwest), and the brilliance and warmth seemed just like a hug after the cold dreariness of winter -- and it resonated with the words about Love I was hearing at the same time.

I can see where people, in nature religions, would identify these kinds of things like Love with the sun. Of course, I view it as the other way around: the Sun came from the Son, Who is Love Himself. :)