What is love? Can we really call a man's intensive feeling toward a charming female true 'Love'? Is sex-free spiritual affection, or rather Platonic Love, a true love? Is the less intensive feeling that one experiences right after sex still love?
Never Mind. Some suggest that love can be defined if it is contrasted with its opposite, 'Hate'. Definitely, a father's feeling toward his young daughter is different from the same man's feeling toward his wife, the child's mother. It seems, in this case, the man's feeling toward the female is something more than love, i. e. love + something.
Recently Gaddafi, publicly claimed that Libyans Love him. Of course, this kind of 'Love' falls under the concept of 'cognitive dissonance', a defense mechanism. In fact, Gaddafi, a psychopath, a narcissist, a secret services' stooge as of 1969, is adding more dimension to the concept of Love.
Gaddafi was born in a black tent in the desert, 19 42. When, in 1969, he occupied King Idris' palace and, that very night, he lay down on the King's bed, at the age of 27, perhaps he felt proud of his did, but he later realized that he was Too Small for the Job. Of course, he tried hard too appease the Companies, but new demands kept coming in, and ran out of stock. For instance, Reagan called him 'the mad dog of Middle East'.
As to new dimension to Love, he illustrated the humans' fallacy much better than the fox in the fables of Aesop, 620-564 BC, the 'Sour Grapes'. Afterwards, he began turning his back on Western culture. However, we can praise him for this returning to where he really belongs: living in a tent and going barefooted to the desert to answer the call of nature.
Yes, Nature can help us to understand what love is. A mother hen of newly hatched chicks fluffs up her feathers and reddens her comb, ear lobes and wattles to scare the enemies. All animals, including man, have the same sense of offspring protection, Love.
What about missing someone, a friend, wife, mother, etc? Is the affectionate feeling of senile couples, who have no sex at all, love? Is the sad feeling we might experience the day after we purchase a new car when we find it scratched an indication of love or a sense of being robbed of our property? We actually do not know what love is, but we, including Gaddafi, profusely use the word love.
Anyway, we love to be loved; we feel sad when rejected. We love anything that gives us pleasure. However, love for a woman is much stronger. A skinny princess normally fails to arouse any feeling in a commoner, but a plump milkmaid squatting under a cow, while the girl is exposing her enticing thighs, swishing the milk from the well projected cow teat, into the container, placed snugly between her legs, can really be devastating for a man watching her. It arouses extreme lust.