"...Behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise" --Alma 37:6

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Four Kinds of Love

In my Family Relations class we discussed love. The main discussion question: What is love? That is a question I do not yet have an answer for. I have to experience love, romantic love anyway. But I learned this week about four very powerful Greek words: Storge, Philia, Eros, and Agape. These four words describe four different kinds of love that we as humans experience.

Storge (pronounced store-gay) is, "the kind of love found in the affection between parents and their children...It is the least discriminating kind of love, because 'almost anyone can become an object of affection: the ugly, the stupid, even the exasperating.'"

Philia (fill-ee-ah) is, "The kind of love that exists between friends...It is the intense sharing between two people who have similar perspectives on life."

Eros (air-os) is "love between men and women...Aristotle said that eros makes people long to bei in each other's presence. In other words, eros is more than lust. It is more than a desire for sex. It is desire for sex with a particular person. In eros, one is preoccupied with thoughts about the person and longing to be with the person."

Agape (a-gah-pay) is, "a love that is independent of one's feelings for another. To practice agape is to act on behalf of the well-being of someone else, whether you like that person or not...it is a love in which we will to act beneficially toward another."

(Marriage & Family, Lauer pg. 128-129)

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