What is love?

WHAT IS LOVE?

Kung iisipin natin, madaling bigyan ng kahulugan ang “Love”. Pero kung iisipin natin talaga ng mabuti, napakahirap ibigay ng tunay na kahulugan ng "Love".

Karamihan kasi, pag tinanong mo about Love, eto isasagot sayo:

"Love is like a box of chocolates. You'll never know what you're gonna get."

"Love is God, and God is love."

"Love is a feeling... A very complicated feeling."

"Love is sacrifice."


and etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.


Napakarami talagang meaning ng love. Sa sobrang dami eh hindi ko na siyempre kayang isa-isahin.

Let's consult other sources naman, regarding Love.


According to wikipedia.org, Love is:

"Love is any of a number of emotions and experiences related to a sense of strong affection[1] and attachment. The word love can refer to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, ranging from generic pleasure ("I loved that meal") to intense interpersonal attraction ("I love my boyfriend"). This diversity of uses and meanings, combined with the complexity of the feelings involved, makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, even compared to other emotional states.

As an abstract concept, love usually refers to a deep, ineffable feeling of tenderly caring for another person. Even this limited conception of love, however, encompasses a wealth of different feelings, from the passionate desire and intimacy of romantic love to the nonsexual emotional closeness of familial and platonic love[2] to the profound oneness or devotion of religious love.[3] Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships and, owing to its central psychological importance, is one of the most common themes in the creative arts."



According naman sa English-Tagalog Dictionary ni Leo James English, Love is defined as

(1) a fond, deep, tender feeling;

(2) a person who is loved;

(3) a warm liking;

(4) to have a tender feeling for;

(5) to like very much;

(6) to fall in love; to begin to love; come to feel love;

(7) for the love of; for the sake of;


According to Pastor Mike naman from our church, Love is:

"...not always a feeling. Love is knowledge, based on knowledge that I am commanded by God to love everyone."


There is also a scripture in the Bible that defines Love. Kaso nakalimutan ko yung exact verse eh, sorryyyy. :(

Marami tayong maaaring ibigay na kahulugan tungkol sa love. Yun nga lang, Pastor Mike said na it is limited. The definition found in the bible, internet and even in dictionaries are very limited. Love is a very unexplainable and indefinable four-letter word. More often, we fail to DEFINE love. And much more often, we just DESCRIBE love, and usually, it is as a feeling. Define is very much different from Describe.

Well, the reason that I am blogging this, is my recent encounters with the question, "What is love?". One whole week siya paulit ulit na tinatanong. Sa class na lang namin. Sa Sociology lalo na. Tinanong kami the past two meetings ng tanong na, "What is love?" Napakadaling sagutin kung tutuusin, diba? Pero ni isa, walang nakasagot, or rather sumagot. Malamang dahil lahat kami ay napaisip, o baka naman nahiya lang din sumagot yung iba kong mga kaklase.

Sa Religious Education na din. Walang nagtangkang sumagot. Tuloy, habang tinatanong ng professors naming ito sa amin, napapaisip ako ng sobra. “Ano nga ba ang ‘Love’?” Paulit ulit kong tinanong sa sarili ko. But likewise, I always end up describing it instead of defining it. That made me really curious about love’s meaning. For me kasi, Love is God. Yan lang lagi kong sagot pag tinatanong ako kung para sa akin eh ano ang meaning ng love. Since Grade 3, yan na ang kahulugan ng Love para sa akin. :))

Til now, wala pa ring maayos na kasagutan para sa akin sa tanong na “What is Love?” Ako mismo sa sarili ko, hindi ko talaga alam. Sa mahigit 17 years kong buhay, hanggang ngayon, honestly, hindi ko alam kung pano bibigyan ng kahulugan ang Love nang hindi ito isinasalarawan. Ikaw ba, para sayo ano ang KAHULUGAN ng Love?

Well anyway, lemme share to you guys some insights I got from Religious Education again, about Love. (Hindi ko na nai-take down sa notepad ko yung sinabi ng Prof ko sa Sociology at sa church namin eh. I was too busy. Busy sa kaantukan ko. Haha.)


“Ang magmahal kahit minsan ay hindi mali. Ang tunay na nagmamahal, inaalala lagi ang tungkol sa kanyang minamahal.”


-- Tama. Love is never a sin. Commandment pa nga sa atin yun ni God eh. Kaya hindi siya maituturing na mali. At kung totoong nagmamahal ka, iisipin mo parati ang makabubuti para sa taong minamahal mo. Hindi ka maghahangad ng isang bagay na maaaring makasakit, makasama o makapagpapahamak para sa taong iyon. Ang pagmamahal, hindi umiikot sa sarili mong mga kagustuhan na makabubuti o makapagpapasaya lamang para sa iyo. It’s about others’ sake too.


“Wag mong diktahan ang pagmamahal. Hayaan mong pagmamahal ang magdikta sayo.

-- Most of the time kasi, nagpapadala tayo sa mga damdamin natin. Dahil dito, madalas natin pangunahan ang love. Na nagiging cause minsan ng conflict. Well, now you noh. “Hayaan mong pagmamahal ang magdikta sayo.” Hinay hinay lang. :)


“Don’t trap anyone to love you. Magparaya, kung ang pagmamahal ay tunay at wagas.”

-- Isang magandang halimbawa, yung halimbawa ni Sir. Kung ang minamahal mo ay may mahal nang iba, magparaya. Tulad na lamang sa mga mag-asawa at isang kabit. Bilang isang kabit, kung talagang minamahal mo siya, let go. Magparaya. “Ang tunay na nagmamahal, inaalala lagi ang tungkol sa kanyang minamahal”, diba? Isipin mo na lang kung ano ang mas nakabubuti para sa minamahal mo. Isipin mo kung ano ang tama at ang dapat. Sa tingin mo ba, may patutunguhan pa kung may mahal din na iba ang minamahal mo? ‘Di ba, wala.:)


“Do you make choices out of love?”

-- Yan. Kung hindi daw ba tayo napipilitan. Kung bukal ba sa ating mga puso ang bawat desisyong ginagawa natin. Meron kasi madalas diyan na napipilitan lang. That’s not a decision out of love. Probably, that’s a decision for love.


Hmmm.. Okay, lihis muna tayo ng konti sa topic na “love”. Para maiba lang. :P
Share ko naman sa inyo yung ibang insights na natutunan ko sa Religious Education ulit. I’m sure, you’ll be enlightened with these too. Gusto ko lang kasi ibahagi yung shine-share ng professor namin sa inyong mga mambabasa nito. :)


“Never stop asking why. The person, who keeps learning, is young.”

“Nothing ever happens by accident. Everything that happens to us is the product of our choice. We call that an accident, because we did not expect this to happen.”

“It’s about our decisions. Whether one decides to not to decide, it’s still a decision.”


Ayun. Share lang ulit peeps. =)
Peace out!

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