I was on The Female Solution talk radio show, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-female-solution hosted by Sister Naimah Latif. The subject was “True Love or Artificial Love – What’s the Difference”?
It would help to have these discussions often, all over the world, because folk are giving up on Love, being damaged, deceived, emotionally and intimately beaten down—all in the name of Love— or what they believe to be Love.
I would argue, that artificial Love does not exist. We call it this, because it is the opposite of Love. Love can only be authentic. Any adjective that means anything other than genuine, or true, is simply false. Love is the real article.
There are, however, deviations of Love.
Simulation is a behavior and demeanor a person uses that only appears to be Love. This person either has an agenda or has been programmed to do what is right to do. Either way, they appear to love you, but in their heart, the Love is not there. They appear nearly perfect in all the demonstrations of what love should look like, but you, as the recipient of that demonstration, will feel empty or feel something is missing. In the recesses of your heart you will question whether they are real or not. Their kiss and touch is not arousing, and it leaves you with an empty feeling. Your heart is not connecting with this person.
The person who simulates love like behavior, will appear to be the real article, but will lack autonomy, creativity, and the warmth necessary to provide intimacy. Even the sex will be unfulfilling.
The person who simulates loving behavior may only be able to mislead someone who is desperate or vulnerable. Anyone who can be overcome by a person with simulated Love behavior lacks self Love. When you lack self love you can become a victim of loveless love. So, the simulated kiss, may be the only passion a victim of loveless love may have known. To one who has self love, he/she will find that same kiss to be void of passion.
Infatuation is the feeling most folk misconstrue as Love. Their feelings about a person have them high on a cloud. There is no specific timeline as to how long it will last, but it will fade over time. One sign of infatuation is “falling” in love. Another is having sex and deciding after the orgasm, you are in love. Infatuation is primarily perpetuated by feeling— whether it is emotional or sexual. Infatuation lacks depth and logic. It is all about how a person makes him/her feel.
The truth is, the more we react to Love with our feelings, the more we risk failure in the relationship.
The depth of Love that one person gives, is based on the depth of self Love one has for one self. If there is a lack of self Love, it will eventually become clear in the relationship.
Our society is facing love-less disorders due to our treatment of each other. We are saying the words, “I love you” everyday, but our actions are only a portrayal of what love looks like, yet we lack the genuine connection, involvement and responsibility of what Love is. This puts us so far from Love, and its beauty.
Loving someone covers a gamut of qualities, responsibilities, belief systems, aspects, and dynamics that we as a society must give great care and thought to. Why do we love this person? How deep can we connect with this person? How does this person make us feel in the areas of our strengths and weaknesses? Can this person mirror our love and how would we mirror theirs? What are the values we share intellectually, emotionally, ethically, mentally, socially, historically, spiritually, sexually, romantically, financially and relationally? What are our commonalities? How do we differ? Will those differences create a sever in the relationship? Will our commonalities create boredom? Can we trust this person with our heart? Can we openly talk about everything regarding the relationship? Will the relationship be worth our emotional investment? Can we be of value to each other? Will we continually grow as a couple? What are the emotional strengths of this person? How will that impact the relationship? These thoughts cover a wide and balanced spectrum of what will impact the relationship. That impact will either build the relationship— or divide.
Love is more than a feeling and a loose compelling emotion. It is a higher level of affection that is encompassed by feeling, but validated with responsibility and intelligence.
Enjoy the authentic journey of love.
Another great one Nat. I know I don’t always get to respond, but I’m enjoying them all. Authentic Love. Lets just be true to ourselves be authentic. If you don’t love yourself how can you love someone else. Keep them coming Nat. 🙂
really nice article..but honestly love cannot be defined…its a feeling which differs from person to person and not a thing of the same characteristics.. 🙂
Thanks my friend! Ah….. If Love could not be defined, Webster would have never done it. If it did not have the same and consistent characteristics, we could not distinguish it from the characteristics of hate. In truth we “generally” all share the same feelings of Love, because we all know we should not run in fear from the one we love in order to protect ourselves; and we know Love does not beat its object in the spirit of abuse.
So Love (generally) does have emotional “characteristics” framework by which we are guided and directed by in order to identify. We do know what feelings are not in relation to love. So, in truth, Love has similar characteristics from person to person.
We may not share the same “degree” of love from person to person. This could be due to our individual experience of receiving Love, our exposure to varying degrees of Love, how we were raised to love and how much we love ourselves. Some of us love from a shallow perspective, others a deeper perspective.