We each have many types of love relationships_ parents, children,spouses, friends. And they are not always with people; you may love an animal,or a place.Is there a single idea or definition that runs through all the varieties of “Love”?
It is true there are many varieties of love, such as: people, place, and animal. I’m not sure one definition will be enough for all of them.
When I think of love for parents, I feel it is not the same as love for the spouse, children or friends.
I know my parents would do anything for me to see me happy, whatever they do they do it unconditionally. They are never selfish, their whole world revolves around their children, they’d be devastated if anything bad happened to their children.
The children on the other hand will love their parents up to a certain point. When they feel that they are self-sufficient they’d either forget their parents or will have very little to do with them. This love I call “selfish love”, e.g A daughter sends an email to the mother which says ,”I only want to have a courteous relationship with you”. A parent will never dream of writing this to her child.
This is a comparison of love of the child and love of the parents.
Love for friends is different, if it’s your best friend you confide in him/her everything about your life, and hope it will be kept a secret.
With animals love is the reason we have them anyway, the animals on the other hand have no selfish motives like humans, their love for you is unconditional. Our love for an animal will always be the same,pure love.
Love for a place can change if you find some other place better or you can easily visit. I used to love a place for a very long time, the distance, the difficulty of visiting it, is the reason I don’t think about it anymore.I do have a very fond memory of it.
Human beings are different , not everyone will treat their parents like the one I mentioned above,which happens to be a true example.