Dear Khhhtghhh! The more we live among humans, the more we are fascinated by their languages, and that is not because the languages are fascinatingly good; in fact they are fascinatingly dumb. They have a huge number of words and sounds in all languages that they use (yes! Amazingly they have not yet developed a single language that the whole species can speak and understand) but they normally use a small portion of that vocabulary. A large proportion of the words are rare and too complicated for the common speakers to understand and are sparingly used by members of the race who are, or want to be, considered intellectually superior.

 But what is most fascinating is that there are words that are almost universally used but nobody knows for sure what they mean (at least that is what we think!). The best example of such a word is ‘Love’. We have tried and tried but still fail to understand its meaning. Humans use this word so commonly and for so many different things that we are at a total loss to comprehend its essence. From what we understand, when someone says “I just love beef burger” he means that he really likes the taste of the food, obviously the same meaning does not fit when someone claims to ‘love his country’, in which case it denotes a feeling humans call patriotism.

There are infinite other things, which the humans call love, even though they have other words to better explain the same emotion or feeling within their languages. For instance, love is used in places where lust would suit better. It is also commonly used where the more accurate expression would be desire to possess, or insecurity, or greed, or obligation and so on. After centuries of such universal use, humans seem to have forgotten the real meaning and we actually came across a couple where the boy said “I love you” meaning that he desired to have sex with the girl and the girl understood the exact same sentence as meaning that he was willing to provide physical, financial, social and psychological security to her for the rest of their lives. We would not be surprised if one or both of them end up disillusioned.

From what little we have learnt, humans simply use the word ‘Love’ to exaggerate or provide respectability to feelings that are otherwise trivial and mundane. But they don’t bother, life goes on for them, albeit in an extremely confusing manner.


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