I think this is a tough one to figure out.
I love a good cheeseburger and fries and ice cream and lobster and pizza and beer. But I also love my dad. Do I love food the same way that I love family?
No. It's different. But how? How do I put that difference into words?
I think the Ancient Greeks had it right, they had different words for different types of love. Storge, Philia, Eros and Agape. They all mean love, but they are all a different type of love.
Storge - This is like natural affection. Almost always used to describe the way family feels about each other, especially the love between a parent and a child.
Philia - We get our city Philadelphia from this word. It's brotherly love, like that between friends. This sort of love does not involve passion, but loyalty, trust, and commonality. This is the most common form of the word love.
Eros - English derived it's word "erotic" from this Greek word. Does it really need an explanation? This is extreme passion, lust, desire, attraction... sensual type of love.
Agape - Modern Greeks use this word as love. But it really means true love. Real love. Unconditional love. Respectful love.
So do I agape cheeseburgers? or Eros cheeseburgers? LOL
I find this stuff fascinating. Our English language limits us so much on how we can describe our feelings. I think we can learn a lot from the Ancient Greeks.
I just finished a 12 hour shift and I am tired... but more thoughts on this later. Thanks for reading!