Love as a formal definition

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What is the definition of love? The formal definition states that love is; 1. Intense affection, 2. A feeling of attraction resulting from sexual desire, and 3. Enthusiasm or fondness. Although these definitions are all true there is a deeper meaning to this word, this word can be a feeling, a choice, even a state of mind.

Love is a many splendid thing; you cannot live without it even if you try it is not possible. It is not possible to live without love because each and every person holds something to them dearly whether it's a child's toy, a pet, or even a significant someone. For instance a child has a favorite toy or blanket, that child loves his or her "security thing", they have an intense affection for it even if it isn't a living thing. A pet's love to its owner is a respectful love knowing that the owner loves it makes the animal feel safe and will return the respect to make its owner feel safe.

Now we get into the love one person has for another of the opposite sex. This love is often confused with lust the sweaty hands and butterflies in your stomach feeling. Lust is far from love; lust only lives in ones look and lasts for a very short while. It dies or gets boring, travels from person to person. You may think you are "in love" but all you are in love with is "lust". Lust is a learning process that everyone goes through. Teenagers are a great example for lust. A girl likes a really cute guy or vice versa, they go out for a little while and obsess over one another, but then it dies down and they find another cute boy or girl and break up. That...