Love: A human phenomenon with human power
If you ask anyone to define Extraordinary Love With Extraordinary Features, you would get as many definitions as there are people in this world. And mind you, none whatever would you be able to pinpoint as inaccurate. So magnanimous and undefinable is the concept of love. While this is from a philosophical standpoint, Science has never backed down and always managed to crack the impossible. So here is the scientific definition of love. The way your body feels due to the amalgamation of chemicals like oxytocin, dopamine, and norepinephrine is what you call LOVE.
So, have you ever wondered if there are different kinds of love?
Well, the question above is as it sounds. Did you ever dwell on the intricacies of love, how if at all, the love you feel towards your parents, the romantic love between you and your partner, the love for your children, the love for cute animals and pets, the general love for the humankind, the strong love for your motherland and the never-ending list of kinds of love you feel over many things, are as different as they appear to be? It might be a rhetorical question to many of you. A strictly personal opinion of me on this is that love is divine in a way, as it is all-encompassing and in its oneness. It is not that you have different kinds of love but differentiation in the way of expressing your love. A mother’s love is as beautiful as a partner’s love, while a mother shows it by little spooning you, your partner expresses the same while whispering sweet nothings in your ear. I might be romanticizing the concept of love, but if there is anything that deserves ultimate imagination, it would be the feeling of love. And being a fan of the poets and play writers like Kalidasa and Shakespeare, I do not know any other way of putting the essence of love into words.
And seeing the temples in India adorned with the sculptures of love like in Khajuraho temples of Madhya Pradesh, it is already an indication of the stature and significance of love in the Indian context. We being the origin of the book of love, the “Kamasutra” is just another attestation to this. While the above examples just present to the world the love between partners, literary works like “Ramacharitmanas” by Tulsidas, poems, and songs by Mira Bhai and Annamayya represent the love between a man and the believed ultimate being. And festive in culture, Indian festivals like Raksha Bandhan, karva Chauth, etc are a celebration of relations and love. It can be successfully inferred that love has always been an integral part of the life of people, whether they realize it or not.
Though we have gone slightly off the topic of the question raised in this segment from the examples presented above, they are nothing but another demonstration of the love being one while its expressions many.
Love and Power
Human emotions, we do not realize have great strength, and love, among them, makes people go to great lengths. Major world changes have always been influenced by one of the two things, a desire to fight back against existing evils and love.
Let me start the validation with a personal anecdote. I have witnessed the power of love in my life and thus believe in its capacity of providing strength that is believed to be beyond one’s capabilities. My aunt had always had weak physical strength, so much so that 4 hours in the sun rendered her incapable of walking a meter. Even being this way, when her son suffered a grave illness, she walked almost 13km to get him to the doctor in time. If this is not a strength in love, I do not know what is.
And many beautiful love stories brought about historical changes and paved the path that today’s generation walks upon. For example, the story of Mildred and Richard Loving where Richard is a so-called “white” man and Mildred is of African American descent. Their strength of love resulted in the ban on interracial marriages by law. And the ever beautiful Taj Mahal in India is often cited as the supreme symbol of love of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It has brought the culture and aesthetics of India to the broader picture of the world. And finally, it is almost a crime to not mention the scientist Jagdish Chandra Bose, who for his love for humankind had always been reluctant to patent his discoveries for he wanted science and development to be affordable to every human being. Such is the power of love that has always benefited the world and collectively pulled the human race along the right path and achieved the impossible. This segment is the manifestation of the title of this paper “Love: a human phenomenon with inhuman Power”.
The flip side;
As with many things in this world, every good thing has a flip side. The interpretation of wrongful people impacts the virtue of the core. There are atrocities committed in this world in the name of love, and they are those that have completely misunderstood the concept of love. Defiling an emotion based on the actions that are few and far between is illogical and has the risk of eliminating all the good things that love has achieved and might inculcate to the future.
Keeping in mind the real meaning of the concept while not forgetting the wrong that can be done in its wake by the misinterpretation of the notion of the same, we can bring out the strength that is inherent in “love”.