October 28, 2016
So, my personal life has been poppin lately – hence the lack of posts. We back on though and this week we’ll be discussing agape. Agape is an unselfish love of all mankind that combines Eros + Storge. In this type of love, individuals are willing to sacrifice anything for their loved one(s). Agape is based on an unbreakable commitment and an unconditional, altruistic love.
Agape is probably the most radical expression of love. It is one that can be extended to all of humanity, whether family members or the most distant of strangers. When translated into Latin, agape is caritas – the origin of our word “charity.”
In Christianity, agape is known as the highest form of love. Renown novelist, poet, academic, literary critic, lay theologian, and Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis referred to Agape as “gift love.” However, the concept also appears in other religions traditions, such as metta or “universal loving kindness” in Theravada Buddhism.
Agape lovers are filled with an overwhelming desire to want to take care of people. They can be parental and/or nurturing in their expression of love, but it is one full of caring, compassion, empathy and kindness. Agape lovers are focused more on giving than receiving. Their primary concern is their partner’s well-being. They have an unconditional love for others, are passionate, and are willing to put their partner’s needs ahead of their own.
Agape is the kind of love that makes us sorrowful when we learn of tragedies that others are enduring through. It’s what causes us to donate our time and money to charitable causes. Agape helps us to feel connected with strangers based on our shared experience as human beings.
Next Week: Philautia, I