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Discussion of the week
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Ok let's start: Our topic for this week is
LOVE.....HOW IMPORTANT IN LIFE??
Poets, writers,movies and tv shows all have emphasized over and over again how miraculous and gratifying falling in love is....to the extent that most of us yearn to have some one special in our lives pampering us and making our lives worthwhile. however philosphers and the elders in the family tell you , it is a mirage, a fantasy that truly cannot exist in real life(at least not the way picturised in the books and shows). what do you think...how important is love in life, how far are you ready to go to achieve it?
LET THE DISCUSSION BEGIN.....
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LOVE... everyone has a different interpretation of what love is... its an abstract thought, feeling, or state of mind...
i have to say that love does exist, i mean i can't explain why it does, because its a feeling, and it difficult to describe in words... its felt. As for those that believe it doesn't exist, they might not be aware of it or they have just been hurt and don't want to believe in it... Love is an important part of life, without it life is empty and has no meaning... but i don't believe in the filmly love, that doesn't exist... that is just not possible
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wow, thats a very nice poem smisha, thanks for sharing!
How important is love in life? For me, love is the most important thing in my life. Love is expressed in so many different ways, it can be a love of a mother for her child, or love for friends, or love for that special someone.
If we didn't have the love of our parents then I don't think I would be standing where i am today. It is because of their love for us that we have been given education, luxuries and so many other things that we take for granted.
If we didn't have the love of our friends then what would the world be like? Everybody would keep to themselves, we wouldn't have someones support when needed most.
My point is that love is important in life because it is what keeps us going when times are hard, it is what motivates us, it is what helps us succeed in life, it is what, quite simply, keeps us happy. Without it in my life I don't know what kind of person I would be, but I know i would definitely not be the same.
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Very nice viewpoints Smisha and Bas!
Yes, love is indeed important, but its not a bed of roses either - the way it is picturized in Books, television and the movies. That kind of love fizzles out after a few weeks - I dont think that is love at all, but a mirage...a chimera. Materialism creeps up into it anyway - we need material things like food and shelter...Romeo and Juliet, Laila and Majnu were a work of fiction. Fairy-tales do not come true in real life.
Defining love is crucial because without definition, there is no understanding and without understanding, one cannot truly evaluate the importance of love in one's life.
Someone wisely said that you love someone when you can imagine growing older with them. That is what love truly is - it is the satisfaction one gets from life with parents or a spouse or children. It is acceptance and understanding of flaws...it is a source of happiness
I would do what I can for love, but the practical person within me will always look for satisfaction. What is love without satisfaction?
Satisfaction comes only when everything is in moderation - it is only when you become very materialistic or fanatical about a loved one that suffering arises.
Some say love is undefinable. I feel love is an overrated form of satisfaction.
(Sorry if I turned too philosophical there - working on a Buddhism paper)
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