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Nicholas Lukowiak


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What is love? Should the morals/values of life be revolved around spreading and teaching the ideas surrounding love?

Love is a multidimensional concept in which many subjects involving philosophy, morality, psychology, history, faith and opinions/perspectives can be used during the discussion.

Should values be taught by using love as the concept/term in which the discussion surrounds?

The discussion of love is a great lesson to be held, it does not have to be limited to just facts or strong beliefs. It can transcend into both (in various degrees) and still create valid considerations, debates, arguments, understandings, beliefs and/or facts.

Love is an emotion of strong affection and personal attachment. In philosophical context, love is a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection. Love is central to many religions, as in the Christian phrase, "God is love" or Agape in the Canonical gospels. Love may also be described as actions towards others (or oneself) based on compassion. Or as actions towards others based on affection. - Wikipedia

No idea of love is a bad one here.

Religious books are literature bottom line. The "golden rule" is widely accepted as the foundation of most religions, but as history dictates that is not the case always.

Poems, short stories, links, etc are great!


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  • Jul 13 2011: Hi Nicholas. Your question has consumed me from the age of four when my mother offered to let me run away from home in a mid-winter snowstorm. Even packed a little bag and ushered me outside gave me a push and closed the door.
    I was forever uncertain that I was loved.
    Through a self-examined life and full-on learning agape becomes my setting for serenity.
    My blessing has been unconditional love for both of my children.
    My love for nature(cosmos)is unconditional.
    I wanted to do a reply along with Collen and Kathy
    if I had not been a parent nor had I raised kittens or puppies
    I might have been a curmudgeon and perhaps grasping.
    I understand the 'why' of some things
    not putting stumbling-blocks in front of others
    or why a gentle answer turns away much wrath
    these are only two examples.
    Great conversation!
    My reply function is buggy, some quite detailed replies
    have been vaporised upon submitting.
    Thus, I post, when I also reply.
    I am 56. Self-realized through thorough ego ablation.
    Shine on!
    Ray Bannatyne

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