Abby Harrover Mrs.

Field AP Language 23 March 2011 LoveGame Throughout out media delusion filled lives, generation after generation of hormonal teenagers have been pumped full of “love”. The majority of music produce has something to do with break ups or sex. Movies have become so terrible predi ctable just by correctly matching the antagonist with the quirky best friend who they are meant to be with. The books read do nothing but further distort our vi ew of “love” as we are enraptured by what is supposed to happen and how it is suppos ed to feel. So where does the line between fantasy and fact become clear? While I don’t think Bella and Edward meant to do any harm, they just add another layer o f meaningless fluff that further clouds the modern view of “love”. Pardon me Taylor Swift, but no, I don’t think you were in love with Stephen or John or Drew and I h old your love stories as mere fiction. Merriam-Webster defines love as “strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties.” Odd how they don’t mention week long flings, hallway m olestation, or Facebook statuses reading “(Insert Name), BaBy I LoVe YoU sO mUcH!! ! <3.” Walking down the hallway, hearing undying devotion to one another and seein g the constant stream of forbidden kisses , I want to start tying my own noose. Love is a unique being that can only be defined by the individual and I do not d oubt that real love can occur in high school or at other young ages, but it is r eserved for those mature enough to keep it private. If we begin to define love a s any slight emotion that attracts us to another person, we begin to dull the or iginal meaning of a word. I cannot define love for the entirety of the human rac e, for it knows too many forms and manifestations, but I do know that it is not found in five minute make-out sessions with a boy whose name a face changes from week to week. I’m looking at you couple by the water fountain and yes, I don’t beli eve you are in love. Looking up Webster’s definition of love is easy, so is calling out those a round me that I know are corrupting a beautiful concept, but much more difficult than saying where love isn’t is saying where love is. My thought of love is the c omplete caring for the well-being of another person. But it is so much more than that. Love can be subdivided into two types I believes, the romantic love and t he unconditional love (they are very different). Romantic love is the kind that stems from the physical attraction to another and by “common interests” and bond is formed and built upon. Eventually, one sinks into strong affection for the other person and things like marriage result. Unfortunately, this kind of love is als o the transient kind that comes and goes, that will fade into the backdrop of li fe. This kind of love is the kind that people sing and write and make movies abo ut. The unconditional love that is so largely ignored by the masses is the real tragedy that is lost to our current generation. Unconditional love is a complete devotion to the happiness of another person, the kind of love that is found in mothers and fathers, the kind of love that is found in religious people to their heavenly father, the kind of love between sisters. These are the kinds of love that I know. Unconditional love does not fade or fleet, but it doesn’t come in a m onth or two of hand holding either. These great loves are mentioned in songs muc h more rare, movies much less seen, and literature much less modern. Our generat ion is blind to this kind of love. Our generation is one who is lusting after th is kind of unconditional love and acceptance but who is searching in all the wro ng places.

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