What is the most exquisite & complicated emotion? What emotion has had more appealing plays, songs, and stories written about it than anything else? Yes, it’s the major key that opens the gates of ecstasy; which is ‘LOVE’- The feeling that spontaneously expresses honesty, affection and concern.
There is so much to love. It can rend people apart or can even bring back the entire nation such as in the Shakespearean play, ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Even though the two mentioned killed themselves in the end, it still brought their families together & how can I forget the hit Oscar winning Hollywood movie ‘Titanic’! The two beloveds fell in love on a journey by ship! Unpredictable much! The question is what love cannot do? Well, there’s a lot it can.
Love comes in so many different tributaries, that it doesn’t resemble to be the similar emotion at all, but it is. There are so many levels or kinds of love such as-
The bond between children and their parents. There is no stronger, nor will there ever be. This affinity begins from the very first moment they meet till the end. Parents safeguard their children in the name of love, and influence them through life using it as the example to follow. It’s because of their children a parent will work at a job he abominates; just to make sure they have everything they could ever want or need.
Another perspective of affection is for our siblings and other family members. It’s this family connection of love that brought about the phrase, ‘blood is thicker than water’. Indeed it is. And the love of a family is the most valuable gift from Allah.
Then comes Friendship-One is tied to a friend not by blood relations but by heart strings, this love is what helps us get along so well. And Sometimes, the bond between friends deepens to the point where a stronger bond of love is made, making them family.
The fourth level of love is the vigorous bond of a man and woman together. It is this level of love that has brought together kingdoms into nations in the history, and ended many great wars.
And the last level of love in which one is very lucky to have that unforgettable tie which is between a teacher and a student-The very different genre of love which requires a lot of allegiance and optimism. It’s one of the special ties where the student just wants his teacher to be happy and proud of him and the teacher guiding and loving him all the way.
It is very beautifully put by Karen Sunde that “To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.”
So cheers to the ones who love and who are being loved! (;
-Sarrah Mustafa Malir