Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012 11:15:35 PM
Gold, one of the most valuable elements on Earth, lacks what love can accomplish. One can weigh gold and price tag it; one can weigh love, yet the purest form remains priceless. Love can only be felt, neither thought of nor bought. Love exists in the most ideal state as a selfless, voluntary, passionate ardor towards another entity. The common misinterpretation is that love is limited to a one-on-one relationship, which is untrue. On the individual scale, love is based on no other premise than benevolent, altruistic care for another’s well-being. This is especially true between loyal couples, and between parents and their children.
On a societal scale, love is certainly possible as well. One could express love to one’s country, or consider a group of people in general as the priority. As long as a person selflessly devotes effort into a cause, showing diligent care and concern for benefitting others, it can be termed as “love.” One notable example is Mother Teresa’s love for the sick and needy, and her charitable desire to provide aid and services for orphans and the dying. Her sense of love towards the general populace enhanced the lives of residents from over a hundred nations. She managed to spread the feeling of love throughout entire societies, not just a single individual.
Love can be stratified into a surface layer and a deep layer. If appearance, wealth, status, or power is what one wholly values in love, then “like” should be the more fitting word to use. “Like” is a preference word carrying the connotation of personal interest. One cannot feel “like,” since it is derived from material matter, ergo leaving no feelings to perceive. The element is corrupted from purity when a relationship is so shallow. The more one feels of another’s personality and inner soul—sensing what triggers emotional behaviors—the more one will experience and appreciate love. Love, unlike “like,” explores depth of the heart, not that of the mind. When one digs into the surface layer, one will at most discover gold. When one digs deeply into unselfish loyalty, one will infallibly discover the heart of priceless love.