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The Many Faces of Love

In Greek, this would be written:

In life, we must understand that we can truly enjoy Eros if we build on Ludus while searching for greater depths through Philia to set ourselves for great Pragma.

Meanwhile, we must avoid Mania as our relationships mature. Then we must strengthen Storge for our family and let Agape guide our relationships with people and earth.

But we must remember that having great Philautia helps us achieve all of them as you can’t give what you never had.
If translated to English, it will be like this:

In life, we must understand that we can truly enjoy Love if we build on Love while searching for greater depths through Love to set ourselves for great Love.

Meanwhile, we must avoid Love as our relationships mature. Then we must strengthen Love for our family and let Love guide our relationships with people and earth.

But we must remember that having great Love helps us achieve all of them as you can’t give what you never had. Doesn’t make much sense huh.

For it to make sense in English, it has to be interpreted or explained like this:

In life, we must understand that we can truly enjoy Eros (romantic/sexual love) if we build on Ludus (playful/innocent love) while searching for greater depths through Philia (affectionate/friendship love) to set ourselves for great Pragma (long-lasting/enduring/matured love).

Meanwhile, we must avoid Mania (obsessive love) as our relationships mature. Then we must strengthen Storge (familiar/family/kinship love) for our family and let Agape (selfless/unconditional love) guide our relationships with people and earth.

But we must remember that having great Philautia (self-love) helps us achieve all of them as you can’t give what you never had.

This is what the English language suffered those days trying to translate things from Greek. Greek had over 6,000 words while English had around 2,000. Reason English had to adopt and incorporate other languages.

 

Written by Essien E. Essien.

Architect. Real Estate Consultant. Digital Marketer.

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  1. Victor Negro

    Awesome write-up. To see love’s many faces is truly enlightening.

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