When we think of Valentines Day, for most of us our thoughts go almost immediately to romantic love. St Valentine himself is often associated with romantic gestures, marrying couples in secret and sending love letters.
But love isn’t all about romance. Do you know that the ancient Greeks had six different words for love? They did!
Here they are:
Eros for sexual passion and desire
Phlia for deep friendship and comradeship
Ludus for the playful love of children and flirting
Agape for the selfless love of all people on the earth, empathy
Pragma for the mature love of long-married couples
Philautia for self love (both negative narcissism, and positive self-compassion)
So wherever you are in the world, I wish you Phila if you are a fellow writer in the trenches, and Agape to all!