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What defines the word "love"? Show more Show less

Few words in the English language convey such a range of meanings as the word "love". For many, love is the point of existence, for others it's the manifestation of the divine, for some it is a tool of oppression. No subject has spawned so much poetry. But what is love? Is it an animalistic urge, a mystical aspiration, a social construct, a neurological glitch, or nothing at all?

Notions of love are Culture-specific Show more Show less

Many different cultures have specific ways of defining and experiencing love.
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Love is in silence

In some Native American cultures, an indicator of authentic love is the ability to sit in silence.
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The Argument

According to folklore, in some Native American cultures couples who were to be married would spend time together in silence, to see if they were truly comfortable together.[1] Words are used as a barrier to keep two souls from truly knowing each other; instead, authentic love can be found in the spaces between these words, in the comfort that comes from vulnerability and silence. This speaks to a wider cultural landscape of the importance of silence to many Native American cultures, in which silence is treated as a path to wisdom, a tool of reflection, and a way to learn.[2]

Counter arguments



[P1] Silence is the true indicator of wisdom. [P2] To comfortably sit with another in silence is a true test of your connection. [P3] True love can be found in silence.

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