Posted by TheFallen on April 25, 2002

In Reply to: love posted by ESC on April 25, 2002

: : : : I am doing a paper on love would you happen to have a definition for Relationship love?

: : : ...and we thought that the discussion on why a primate happened to evolve language was going to be tricky :)

: : Piece of cake. Love, in my opinion, is a many-slendored thing, 'tis not hereafter, makes the world go round, looks on tempests and is never shaken, and is all you need.

: Maybe this says a lot about me. I didn't understand the question. Is the poster (postee?) asking for a definition of romantic love...or someone who is in love with love? There are lots of kinds of love. This allows me to trot out some definitions from my Flip Dictionary:

: love for your offspring - geneity, storge
: love, Christian - agape
: love as friends without sex - platonic

: "Writer's Digest Flip Dictionary: for when you know what you want to say but can't think of the word," by Barbara Ann Kipfer, Ph.D., (Writer's Digest Books, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2000)

Wow! Storge and Agape? Great words (and completely new to me) that got me searching. Apparently they're almost philosophical terms given to us by the Ancient Greeks, who defined four types of love, namely:-

Philios - a simple love, like a friendship, a wish not to be alone.

Storge - the love that a parent feels for a child, an innate and instinctual love.

Eros - an erotic or sexual love, physical desire.

Agape - a spiritual or divine love, selfless and perfect.

The above is paraphrased, and probably badly, from a selection of websites, but I found the words that ESC quoted to be so unusual as to be fascinating, so thought I'd complete the picture.