In the book ‘The Art of Loving’, Erich Fromm tries to find the most ideal description of love. In the second chapter of his book, The Theory of Love, Fromm contends that love is the one of the most crucial aspects that define the existence of human beings. He indicates that love is a natural instinct that is a major cause of the human and animal integration. According to Fromm, love is an integral part of human beings that existed as from the moment human beings were created.
Fromm explains that love is very important in creating social and cultural links. This is because love is very an essential solution towards separateness by bridging the gaps that may exist between individuals. To lay emphasis on the strength of love, Fromm explains that love is very essential towards maintaining various unions and towards the management and achievement of sexual desires. Love assists in the continuous elimination of differences and thus accelerating its function as the basis for a common origin. This ideology is an integration factor because love is perceived to be a passive active that enhanced relational passion. Love is as a result of God’s creativity for incorporating respect, care, responsibility and knowledge in human beings.
Love is very essential in creating a strong between relations. An example that Fromm gives is the love that exists between a parents and the offspring. This love exists from birth and it defines very many aspects of the relationship. In his research, Fromm indicates that the differences between motherly and fatherly love is a big aspect within the social structures of a family. The characteristics of love is also dictated by the developments that exist from one stage of life of life to another and the level of interdependence that exists. The dynamics that surround our social models distinguish love into erotic love, brotherly love, motherly love and self-love. On the other hand Fromm explains that there exists a superior and unconditional love for all human beings whose characteristics are superiors to all forms of love. This is the Love of God.
In my opinion, love is a function of attitudes, states and feelings. This is because it comes as a result of pleasure and involuntary affection that is characteristic of human kindness. According to Monkton (2009), the most ideal description of love is the one that captures the tenderness and deep affection for others. Thus, this is consistent with Fromm’s sentiments that love plays a big role in the formation of the sexual desires and passion among human beings.
Ultimately, love is one of the most powerful aspects of human nature. This is because its development and existence is of a mystical nature. The spectacular, deep euphoric and indescribable feeling that comes up as a result of love brings a magical contrast of incompleteness. This is because it involves surrender of absolute trust to another person that comes without conditions. This leads to the formation of very strong emotional bonds. When an individual is in love, there seems to be unlimited happiness and brightness in life.
In conclusion, the formation and existence of love is a very important part of human life. The sophisticated will that submits an individual to love is very important towards the mutual existence and the continuation of the human race. Love is a characteristic of God’s creativity and innovativeness so as to fulfill his will on the nature of human beings. As part of showing the initial intention of love, God provides unlimited and unconditional love to all human beings. This illuminates real and true love. Therefore, love can exist in distinction and variety, but all these forms of love are consistent with God’s will and plan.