Love is the Most Abused Word in the Planet (Revised Version)

The word Love.. was derived from ‘lubido’ which means ‘desire’ and I LOVE YOU sure sounds less crass than I LUBIDO YOU. More comprehensible than the caveman’s grunts to the cavewoman. More genuine than “Let’s start living together and create a bajillion kids.” Less impersonal than “My genes regard you as the finest instrument for them to go forth and multiply.”

(Note: The original version of this post appeared @ The Fickle Heartbeat, which, I must admit was not proofread & was written out of whim, and submitted, without further editing. For that, I apologize, especially for the syntactical errors.)

I just had the most interesting conversation ever. I am not sure if he was drunk but he was talking sense so maybe not. I understand most of the things he said but some I will only get to understand when I reach his age.. I have my whole life ahead of me. And when the time comes that I get to hold another heart, It will slowly dawn on me, everything he said.

“Love is the most abused word in the planet.” I asked why. He said, at my age, I should begin understanding why. Yes, of course, I knew what he meant. I was not clueless. But still I persisted, “Why is that?”  He pat me on the shoulder, and said, “You don’t say it to get something out of it. You don’t say it if you don’t mean it. But I can tell you already know that.” And he dozed off to Dreamland.

The word Love.. It is one of the most important inventions in the planet. It is up there with iron horseshoes and papermaking. It was derived from ‘lubido’ which means ‘desire’ and I LOVE YOU sure sounds less crass than I LUBIDO YOU. Sounds like a joke, the latter. More comprehensible than the caveman’s grunts to the cavewoman. More genuine than “Let’s start living together and create a bajillion kids.” Less impersonal than “My genes regard you as the finest instrument for them to go forth and multiply.”

The word indeed has become so overrated. The word had become so popular that people started overusing it without giving a jot about what it really means. I’ve heard it a lot of times and I am beginning to lose my trust on the word itself. People have come to associate its essence on such and such things that have nothing to do with it. Sometimes, they are not even aware of what they are doing, or saying. It is flabbergasting. I am no love expert but I know Love and I would continue to find its real essence though I have to sift through a river of love words and figure which are real and which are not. The fake ones are so hard to determine as they take Love’s form and impersonate it. Please. Let’s treat the word with respect. Let’s use it sparingly if need be. Let’s say it to the people we really care about. Let’s say it not to take advantage. Let’s use it not to get what we want. Let’s use it once we are certain of it, no matter how long it will take. Let’s not abuse Love.

The next time you say I LOVE YOU to someone, make sure you say it with a pure heart. Say it with respect, say it with meaning, say it without malice. Say it with conviction. Say it and mean it like a pledge, like a prayer. And make sure you say it only to the people you truly love.

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8 thoughts on “Love is the Most Abused Word in the Planet (Revised Version)

  1. Also read something about the difference between ‘I love you’ and ‘I am in love with you’ and how superior the latter is than the former. Too bad I didn’t really internalize the gist.

    1. Thanks. It’s no big deal that it got published on a different site. But I am elated that lots of people have read it. :))
      P.S. I bet my genes would cringe with awe if they ever behold your genes. Hahahhah

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