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The Other Kind of Love

Ah, love. It’s one of those words, isn’t it? We routinely use it to refer to romantic passion, or the bonds of familial affection, or close friendship, or even our emotional response to music, food, travel, pets, or poetry. We can say, “I love your scarf” with the same kind of intensity as when we say, “I will love you forever.”

Because “love” is such a carry-all word, it’s open to endless misinterpretation. The very power of it—the charm of it—creates the potential for all kinds of misunderstandings. “Love you!” we might chirrup, as a light-hearted way

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