European "Authorities" have placed into Confusion the Spiritual boundless African Tradition concepts by applying boundaries on them. That initiated and maintains devastating life shaping courses for countless numbers of the world's peoples. The very worst is the conversion of Unconditional Love (called the inner Being of God in African Tradition) to "Conditional" Love. Of the many concepts given to the Old English word "Love" (affectionate), a main one is "to find pleasing." It subsequently developed to 'praise'; be satisfied with; to trust; believe; beautiful (C13); and a strong liking. To put these highly confusing European versions into perspective, the setting in which their meanings originally arose--and thereafter traditionally applied almost interchangeably--was from ones Passion, Affection, Affect, Emotion, and similar senses. Early European scientists resorted to the imagery pervading Passions for Love, as in it possessing a magnetic attraction and repulsion (e.g. "the love of the iron for the loadstone"). Thereafter "love" between man/woman became the spotlighted feature in the "big picture" subject of Love--e.g. conjugal/illicit, normal/perverse, sexual/idyllic, infantile/adult, Romantic/Christian. Then these were grouped separately from friendship; familial ties (parental, fraternal, filial); self-love, love of fellow man, country, and God. Machiavelli (C15), in documenting worldly success, said being lovers of riches, fame, and power are the triad of seducers alienating the affections of men for truth, beauty, and goodness. Socrates, whom I believe was an African and well-schooled in African concepts, spoke of love's power in relation to wisdom and truth. On the European Ladder of Love, Plato's Symposium has different loves for its rungs--all of which Aristotle classified under the heading of Emotions.
Emotion (Latin 'e' or out + movere, to move) denotes a sentiment, meaning one literally moves out of ones mind as a result of stirred up Feelings. Many Europeans agree that both love and desire belong to the sphere of the emotions called the Appetitive Faculty (about wanting, needing, craving, wishing, willing) as well as to the Will, rather than to the sphere of perception and knowledge. European ancients had three distinct words for the main types of love: eros, philia, agape in Greek; amor, amicitia (or dilecto), and caritas in Latin. In order to indicate plainly that love is common to all three, English equivalents are: sexual love (the love of desire generated by selfishness); love of friendship (predominantly altruistic motives from love preceding desire and determining its wishes, but making few demands); and love of charity (not the same as Spiritual Instincts). Agape and Caritas are said to give the sense of a higher or selfless love. So the question is "how high?" because if it were Spiritual it would not be an Emotion. What is "Selfless Love" and for what purpose? Western literature is filled with Europeans willing to, and actually risking their lives without thought of "Self" in order to acquire gold or to "Take" what belongs to other people.
The love inside emotions implies, said Aquinas (C13), "perfection rather than imperfection since it flows from the act of Will to diffuse its own goodness among others." But let us look at inconsistencies in these 'love' concepts. The European Bible speaks of the multiplicity of loves in the history of mankind--of God/Mammon, perverse/pure, idolatry/vanity of misplaced love; every unnatural lust; every ecstasy of the spirit; every tie of friendship and fraternity; and all the hates which love engenders. They convey facts of European love even without going beyond that to definitions and doctrine. Whereas an emotional experience involves an awareness of widespread bodily commotion, to impart emotional "love" in degrees means one can determine how much of what kind of "love" to give and to whom and when. Since the Eurocentric literature views "love" as an Earth World Emotion, it is not only man-made but changeable for self-interest purposes and having nothing to do with Spirituality. Whatever is man-made is "Conditional"--implying that European type "love" depends upon certain circumstances: "I'll love you if you do…"; "I won't love you if you don't do…." Such “Gaps” present in "Conditional Love” means it is anti-Unconditional Love. "Gaps" are not permissible in African Tradition's philosophy of life because that means they lack integrity. "Conditional Loves” ensure one will not have a Free Mind or a happy life.
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