50 Shades of Love
It is often that I hear people say, “I love that show” or “I love that phone” or “I love my parents” or “I love my wife” which certainly illustrates the many shades of the meaning of the word, “Love.”
This is all fine and well but it can sometimes lead to confusion on a subconscious level. My experiences have pointed to the subconscious operating at a level that does not seem to always grasp these subtle differences in the meaning of the same words.
In Greek there is some differentiation in the word, Love. For example ancient Greek differentiated four forms of love.
- 1.) the love of kinship or familiarity (in Greek, storge)
- 2.) the love of friendship (philia)
- 3.) the love of sexual and/or romantic desire (eros)
- 4.) self-emptying or divine love (agape)
You do not need to be a master of ancient Greek or modern Greek for that matter to remember to incorporate these four words and their more specific meanings into your life and thinking so that your subconscious accepts and uses them, as it is my belief that when we can be more linguistically specific, intellect improves.
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