WHAT I MEAN BY “I LOVE YOU”

AN EXCERPT FROM AN INTERVIEW. READ FULL INTERVIEW HERE.
 
When most people say “I love you” they mean they feel a deep affection, connection and emotion of strong “liking” to the recipient of that statement.
 
When I say “I love you” I mean: I recognize you exist, your life is as valid as mine, you are deserving of all your human rights, I accept your back-story, I will do all I can to support your mental and physical health, and that I see in you the beauty of the essence of reality from the beginning of time to the present moment which makes you a human being.
 
I have lived my life and will continue to live my life loving all of humanity – even the heinously  damaged ones and unfortunate ignorant ones. I recognize that but for a few variables, I may very well have been one of them, and without the patient lending of time and efforts to such people by those who know better, no change will arise in the unfortunate who have not gained enlightenment on what civilized societies deem to be common-nonsensical.
 
For me, love is not an emotion, love is a verb – it is a doing word. Love is the state of being one enters as a moral choice when an understanding of ones humanity and that of humanity at large are understood. There is no use in an emotion of love for a person if one’s actions are contrary to that emotion.
 
I admonish those that are not sure they can enact the practicalities of love to refrain from stating this claim to another. It is better to state “I like you very much” or “I feel a great affection for you” than to make a proclamation of love which will not be upheld in actions which support that claim. And for those that truly love someone, I encourage them to say this often, for the continuation of life for any individual tomorrow is not guaranteed. Old age is not a given, it is a privilege and an honour.
 
I have lived my life loving every human being I have ever encountered whether or not they deserve it.
 
I have never found it necessary to have my love reciprocated.
 
I am able to love people without having them as my friends.
 
I have never found it necessary to like those that I love. 
 
 

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By the author of the comedy autobiography "Mum Knows Best" Veena Nankani - Life Coach, Nutritionist, Motivational Speaker, Writer, Poet, Professional Reviewer and Entrepreneur. www.veenanankani.com
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