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What does it mean to love another?
To love another person means to feel compassionate towards them, to feel what they feel. Caring about someone and what happens to them is also a sign of love. Sharing a relationship with someone means that you have to be responsible and have to be aware that there will be times when things go wrong. Loving someone means taking these wrong things and trying to fix them. What are some signs of love?
Making sacrifices is one sign of devotion to another person. When you care about someone, you have to give a little. It all comes with life. In order to receive something, one must sacrifice other things. For example, if having to make a choice between the love of your life and going to a football game, a person who is truly in love and not just in love with being in love will sacrifice the game in order to be with that person. What is the greatest power of potential human speech? (Words and language)
All humans have the power to communicate with other humans, interact and share their ideas. The power of speech is what makes it all possible. Communication is the most important thing in the success of a relationship and for someone to say that they love another is to respect them and their ideas and to want to share with them. The most anyone can ever do for you is listen and the only way to do that is to communicate that you want to be listened to and that you are willing to listen to the one you love. That is the most anyone can do and it is a gift of sorts. What is the greatest thing about human love?
Being in love gives a sense of completeness, makes one feel as if nothing else is needed in order to survive. Sometimes, being in love can act as a stepping stone, or a doorway into a world you never knew was out there. It can give you a new outlook on things, turn everything you've ever known into something you never thought was possible. Love can also strengthen a tie or bond that you may have with someone, in a sense that you have that much more in common. What is the greatest expression of love?
Sacrificing anything is the greatest expression of your love. The greatest sacrifice one would have to make is death. Dying for a loved one means that your love wasn't an IT, but a THOU and dying only makes it more concrete. Trusting someone is also another important expression when it comes to love. Without trust, the love would be nonexistent, seeing as it is trust that makes people believe in each other and have faith. Without these things, the love becomes an IT relationship, not meaning much, only things. Why is Buber emphasizing the difference between love & feelings?
In as far as Buber is concerned, feelings are obstacles that hold back the Thou. To be truly in the Thou, you have to be at one with your love and take everything that he/she stands for as a whole, not just as individual things or ITS.
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