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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 14 2011: Hi Samantha- my reply function will not submit(admirable quality in a human, but not in a word butler)
    You are so right. Love is a loaded word.
    Along time ago my best friend,age 16, took his own life. His reason turned out to be anomie, anger,and despair triggered by the death of a girl by parental abuse and neglect.
    We had read 'Autobiography of a Yogi', batted ideas around, including reincarnation.
    He never revealed his despair to me.
    Young teen boys don't toss the word 'love' around.
    He had rescued me from a plunge through bad lake ice just a year before. He knew I had my own troubles. I think he might have been protecting me.
    Upon seeing 'The Scream' for the first time
    I realized the depth of my friend's horror at the human condition.
    One pang of regret was that he died and no one knew
    that he was a hero.
    There would have been severe repercussions
    How could we tell anyone that Raven was to blame?
    Yea, love is a very complicated thing.
    All that happened forty years ago
    and I love Norman to this day.
    Actually Samantha it occurs to me that my love is manifested in
    in me as I identify as a "Catcher in the rye"
    The best part of Holden still survives in my
    support of youth liberation, ie 16 year old vote, speaking to youth about suicide and self-medications.
    Child protection.
    I told my own children that they were loved almost daily
    and every time we parted for any length of time.
    It never felt awkward, they are 20 and 16 and when we meet we embrace.
    My love for my ex wife seems moot under the circumstance,
    but I have no intention of 'forgetting' to 'love' her.
    When our marriage broke I understood that I was
    responsible to do no further harm.
    In my callow seasons I misused the word.
    I cannot philosophize, I can only tell the truth as I saw it.
    Jack Kerouac was known as 'Memory Babe'. C'est moi aussi.
    Once again, apologies for this reply to Samantha in the Post section.
    Love, Ray

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