SUMMARY: There is a relatively rare form of love that is more of a perception — or way of perceiving the world — than it is an emotion.
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There is a kind of love that — even if it were unpleasant — would be worth experiencing.
This is what I call, “unconditional love”. Buddhists, I believe, call it , “loving-compassion”, and Christians call it “agape”. Many people around the world consider it the “highest” or most “pure” form of love.
Some other folks call it “altruistic love”, but I find that term misleading, not because there isn’t an element of altruism in it, but because altruism is so poorly understood, largely perhaps because it is so difficult to explain.
Many folks who have never experienced it do not believe it exists, or even reason that it logically cannot exist.
Unconditional love would be worth experiencing even if it were unpleasant (at least in my opinion) because it brings with it great insight into people and things, compassion, and a feeling or sense of renewal or rebirth — among other things.
But what is it?