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Philia. Storge. Ludus. Pragma. Mania. Philautia. Agape. And Eros.  

tamaloa_aulelei 46M
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8/19/2020 7:19 am
Philia. Storge. Ludus. Pragma. Mania. Philautia. Agape. And Eros.


Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8.

I'm 18% pure. That's most of the purity right there.

The rest of is happily impure.

As for Paul's take in his first letter the Christian assembly in Corinth, well, there are other opinions.

Altogether, Greek authors defined no fewer than eight types of love:

- Eros, romantic, passionate love.
- Philia, love for one's friends.
- Storge, love for members of one's family.
- Pragma is pragmatic love, based on long-term association and mutual self-interest.
- Ludus is best described as having a crush on somebody, infatuation, the affection between new lovers.
- Mania describes an obsessive mindset, characterized by destructive behaviors like stalking, co-dependency, and extreme jealousy.
- Agape is compassion and affection extended to and everything and everybody
- Philautia is love of self, upon which the others are ultimately based. After , one's appreciation for others is widely believed to be an extension of one's affection for oneself.

So you can't really love somebody else unless you love yourself. As it happens, I'm madly in love with myself, so I'm good. I do avoid public displays of self-affection, though.

It's complicated. Maybe it would just be best to pay attention to Paul. As an educated man he was certainly aware of the opinion of Greek authors and took them into account in his epistles.

Mania is obviously something to avoid. Neurosis isn't good for anybody.

Agape seems a bit suspicious. You don't want to be so open-minded that your brains fall out.

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