On Love

“An intense feeling of deep affection,” is how Google defines love. Good. “A gentle feeling of fondness or liking,” is affection. Alright. “Affection or liking for someone or something,” is fondness. Uh-huh. “A feeling of regard or fondness,” is liking. Hmm. “Attention to or concern for something,” is regard. Ahh! Back around, love, then, is really “attention to someone or something that creates in you an intense feeling of concern for, affection, fondness, and liking.” You see, I was confused. It seems that many people view love as only a sentiment. But clearly, according to the above, love without works, as it were, is dead. Telling someone you love them, without showing them, continually, I’d think, is just words. And vice versa. It may prove enlightening to mentally index who we claim to love, and who claims to love us, and then see how accurate your lists are. What’s the point in fooling ourselves? And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.