The Importance of Love

What is love? According to the Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, love is a, ”strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties”, “attraction based on sexual desire”, or “affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests”. While these definitions are all different, they also all have a similar inherent meaning: caring deeply about something, someone, or someplace.

When living beings were first created, they were born with love. At first, this love was intended solely for the survival of the organism and its species. When you love food, you’re going to eat it, ensuring your survival. When you love being lazy, you're going to lounge about and preserve your energy, ensuring your survival. When you love another organism, you’re going to reproduce, ensuring the survival of your species. As time went on, however, love became so much more. It became what bonded us. It became what defined us.

Love is what drives us to pursue our dreams, for a love of what we do. Love is what gives us the courage to stand up for what is right, for a love of justice and others. Love is what inspires us to innovate and pursue change, for a love of improvement. Love is what causes us to create families and friends, for a love of one another. Love is what separates a pet from a stuffed toy, and a house from a home. Love is what gives us the strength to go on. Love is the key to one's happiness.

Without love, where would we be? Well, when we see that love is unrequited, heartbreak follows. When we see those with no love of any sport or activity, boredom and dissatisfaction follows. When we see those who receive no love, loneliness and anguish follows. When we see those who have no love of differences, inequality and prejudice follows. When we see those who lack a love of justice and improvement, stagnation and unsolved problems follow.

Now let me ask you again what love is. It is the force of good driving our world forward into improvement and happiness. Without it, we would be in a cold, unfeeling world filled with anguish and stagnation. While many may argue that love is also a source of much unhappiness, remember that it is often an absence of love, rather than love itself, that causes this unhappiness. So the next time you are given the choice between love or hatred, choose love, for it is love that will allow us to improve and change. After all, love is what makes the world go 'round.

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