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Love Is All Around What is Love? A LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF THE WORD HELPS US SEE THAT LOVE REALLY IS ALL AROUND US L 32 Greenville Life WINTER 2019 er hand has two: one for love and the other for friendship (or brother- ly love). German, the language from which English eventually comes, has one. The ancient Greeks, however, had eight, yes eight, concepts of love. Those who grew up in church, or who have studied Greek at all, will be familiar with at least three of them. Those are Agape, Eros, and Phileo, or unconditional love, passionate love, and brotherly love. Yet there are oth- ers such as Storge or familiar love, Lu- dus or playful/flirtatious love, Mania or obsessive love, Pragma or enduring love, and Philautia or self-love (think more of self-care or a positive self-es- teem). So, is this a Greek lesson? Not really. It is, however, a look at some cultural differences that can help shed light on the deeper subject of love and help us to reconnect with what love is, and how we can recognize it all around us. How sad that so many feel unloved simply because they don’t ove. What a diverse word. Jim loves his spouse. Nancy loves her kids. Beverly loves her dog. Ron loves his car. Mike love ham- burgers. Christina loves her friends. We all love our parents. Love, in English, has come to mean basically any strong positive feeling towards anything. It is good to be positive, but perhaps we have lost the greater meaning of the word love. There are at least five words for love in Spanish. French on the oth-