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athgarvan

LOVE

Is there any word more used and abused in the English language than 'love'? This comes to mind because this morning at Mass a reading from the New Testament speaks of God's love for all of us. "No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." (1 Jn 4:12)

But what does love mean at all, at all?  I love bananas,  they made love, it's a love story, etc.

Myself? If it does not involve giving, it's not love. Love must always be outgoing. 'I love bananas', in the sense that I am thinking of the pleasure they give me, is not true love. In 'They made love', to be true love, one must always be thinking of the pleasure one is giving rather than the pleasure one is receiving.

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I recommend C.S. Lewis's Four Loves.
i have known love and hope i gave it fully
he thought i was the best thing that ever happened to him
i think he was the best thing that ever happened to me
Then Donald Trump must have the best of both worlds. There is only one thing he loves. Himself. Do he is both giving AND receiving.