“Everyone says love hurts, but that is not true. Loneliness hurts. Rejection hurts. Losing someone hurts. Envy hurts. Everyone gets these things confused with love, but in reality, love is the only thing in this world that covers up all pain and makes someone feel wonderful again. Love is the only thing in this world that doesn’t hurt.”
Mesa Selimovic, Serbian Author.
I discovered a rather interesting thing about love. All through the ages, there have been romantic stories, books, poems, and movies. This is what I would call romantic love and it describes the physical, sensual intimacy between lovers. It expresses the sexual, the romantic attraction between two people. It has its origins in the Mythological Greek God, Eros. He was the god of love, sexual desire, physical attraction, and physical love.
There is another kind of love, once again from a Greek word; Storge. This is the love that is shared by parents for children and children for parents, siblings for each other.
Philia is a word, also of Greek origin that describes the love between friends.
Lastly, Agape love, describing a Godly love we have for our fellow humans.
I can imagine, in the realm of the Eros love, we might experience feelings of hurt. It can be the cause of rejection, envy, jealousy, and many others. The reason being that this love type is conditionally based. “I will love you if you love me in return.” Or,” I will give you if you give me in return.”
Philia is the love type that we are born into. Parents, children, siblings are held into a type of, “Blood is thicker than water” situation. It has been my experience that hurt, envy, jealousy, and rejection could be experienced in this love type.
Agape is unconditional loving. “You are my enemy, but I love you.” “I give to you freely, without expecting anything in return.”
All other kinds of love are capable of hurting. Agape alone never hurts.
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