“He whom love touches not walks in darkness. ” Plato
Sigh…Cupid, who is a match for that mythic figure?
Although Cupid approaches its target seemingly by chance, one swears that it was fate. One slight prick of his arrow leaves the rational, pragmatic man and woman ready to surrender to love. Every situation, good or bad meets ecstatic happiness, optimistic joy and a world-conquering attitude. There is no reasoning with Cupid and Eros; it’s futile. Nothing can prevent the effects of Cupid’s arrow, and isn’t that a good thing?
In a holistic approach to life, there are other concepts of love that are just as important to long-term happiness. There is Philia, Storge, Agape, Ludus, Pragma, and Philautis love.
Philia love is a form of love between friends based on mutual respect, shared interest and trust.
Storge love is love between family, such as the unconditional love between a parent and child.
Agape love is love for all of humanity, regardless of relationship, shared interest or trust.
Ludus is a lighthearted, playful, uncommitted approach to love, whether it involves romance or friendship.
Pragma love thrives on mutual duties, concerns and outcomes.
Philautis is self-love based on self-respect and self-confidence while still respecting the rights of others. Ideally, this type of love does not behave like a Narcissist.
Let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day with all of its traditional trappings; romantic dinners, champagne, chocolates, love notes, wild and whispered pledges of love voiced by the hopeful novice and seasoned couples alike. On this day, let us celebrate Eros.
“He whom love touches not walks in darkness.” Plato.