…and not only those four classifications, but–“etc.”
Now, this is about the common understanding of a common term. I am not asking about various “specialized” religious or metaphysical usages; not asking about Love of God, Brotherly Love, “Agape” at its most esoteric, and so on. No one is invited to declaim on how the universe is based on Love–that’s not what this thread is about.
I’m asking this. When someone says “I love him/her,” or “I’ve fallen in love,” or “I can’t seem to find love”–the word as used commonly and casually–is there a characteristic, systematic difference between what the various genders and orientations HAVE IN MIND? (For example, popular myth says that women “tend” to think of Love as nurturing and cherishing, whereas men “tend” to think of it as sexual attraction and excitement.)
Are there such systematic differences? Or is this illusory? Is it possible that some of our human difficulties in this area stem from one group of people not realizing that another group is utterly misunderstanding their use of a key word?