Thursday, October 10, 2013

What is love? (21st Century Love)

What is love?

This may seem like a silly question, yet many of us obsess over the idea of love. We wish to love and be loved forever and ever...blah blah blah. Before we obsess ourselves with a feeling which we may not know much about, why do we not search for the meaning of it. That may help us stop searching for it and ending up disappointed.

In the 21st century, we are looking for the love advertised in the media. The lasting love between two people of the opposite gender (or sometimes same gender, we are in 21st century after all) that always works out. Another love advertised is the love of things and money. Many of us value materialistic things and the currency that can purchases these items more than we value friends and family. Do not tell me this is not true. How many family feuds have been over inheritance and money? Especially in the Arab world. I have not lived in the Western world enough to be able to know what their family feuds are about. How many friends have you lost over an issue of money or because they have ruined your car,phone, or such? 

Is this the love we are seeking? Love that comes with luxury and wealth? Oh sorry, I mean love that comes after luxury and wealth? Are you looking for someone that appreciates you, or are you looking for someone who can buy you expensive gifts? Are you looking for love or are you looking for money? These two are mutually inclusive nowadays; one does not come without the other.

Let us look around us. Have you no family that gets worried if you do come home at time? Do you not have friends that will ask about you if they do not hear from you? If you don't, then you have got yourself some lousy family and friends. And I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that is probably they are busy in their quests for love. Busy with work that will let them live a comfortable standard of life. And busy in a relationship. That for them is love. They do not need much else to live.

This is 21st century love. We have left all that is important in our lives to focus on one or two aspects of life. Let us learn to love again. Let us learn to live again.