Reflective Essay Love is what makes the world go round and it is a much broader topic than would appear. As stated in genre two, "Love is not one thing but many. Love is everywhere!" Through much study and research on this very topic, many things have become obvious. Love has an enormous existence and comes in many shapes and forms. After reading James Nagel's brilliant piece of writing, 'In Love and War', you come to see just how strong and passionate love can really be. The boundaries in which love will reach in order to keep its fine existence are surprising.
This novel is a perfect example of how real love can overcome any obstacles which may arise. The book is set in the horrific war torn country of Italy, where two personalities meet and discover the passionate connection existing between them. The way in which their love survives is not only beautiful, but influential. Through my studies I have come to realize that love can be mistaken in several ways. It can be hard to distinguish the difference between love and infatuation, love and attraction, love and sexual desire, love and friendship, sex and intimacy and between a good relationship and one that is only pleasurable. Before I began to take notice, I thought of love plain and simple, it was either there or it wasn't and when it was, you'd know it.
I now know that love exists everywhere, between all sorts of people. Everyone at one point in their life experiences love. Something that I never noticed before though, that is now obvious, is that love doesn't only exist in sexual relationships. The dictionary states that love is: A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness. An intense emotional attachment, as for a pet or treasured object. The meaning of love offers and explains a definition of love in a way that is interesting, intense, clear, logical and meaningful.
Love exists in all relationships whether it be love, infatuation, friendship, dating, marriage, family, community and professional. While researching this very important topic, I gathered together some incomparable sources. The novels, short stories, songs and movies etc. that I researched held some great examples of love and its many kinds. These sources really helped me to better understand my topic. I now understand that love is something you and I must have. We must have it because our spirit feeds upon it.
We must have it because without it we become weak and faint. Without love our self esteem weakens. Without it our courage fails. Without love we can no longer look confidently at the world. We turn inward and begin to feed upon our own personalities, and little by little we destroy ourselves. With it we are creative.
With it we march tirelessly. With it and with it alone, we are able to sacrifice for others. What I now know is that love is not just a word. I have learnt that love is a feeling. Love is a thing that is so strong you can't resist it.
It is the best feeling that one will ever experience but it can also be the most painful. As written by Katie in 'What thing is Love?', "Love is a thing, it is a prick; it is a sting, it is a pretty, pretty thing. It is a fire; it is a coal, whose flame creeps in at every hole. And as my heart best devise, love dwells in my eyes. From whence do glance loves piercing darts, that makes such holes in our hearts? ...
Love is pain, it simply drives me insane". As I said before love is the best feeling one can feel but if it goes wrong, love will be the most painful thing you " ll ever encounter. Love is all good when the love is returned but, whether it be in family, friendship or sexual relationships, if love is not returned then it can be a terribly agonizing experience to overcome. Love is what makes the world go round. It is the cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, he sorrows and crimes of humanity all lie in that one word "Love". It is the divine vitality that produces and restores life.
To each and every one of us it gives the power of working miracles, if we will.