Fourteen Minus Two Minus Twelve

If you’re reading this in the comfort of your own home, good on you for not going out to celebrate the overly commercial Valentine’s Day. As some memes done by teenagers have shown, Valentine’s Day felt more like …Self-awareness day. The day busy matured teenagers from various schools around Singapore realize they are alone.

I unfortunately, may have celebrated self-awareness day. Serving #foreveralone as the celebration mascot…

We all know Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be annual. It takes place whenever. For you to live by this claim, you may then ask why… What exactly is love?

I searched on Socrates but never was a site that held his statement on love. However, I went on to other random philosophers and brought out the highlighted main sentences of those many sites. No jargon!

To start off, Love is an abstract noun, a word that is attached to something that is not real or sensible. Some have sought to analysis it but many prefer to leave it in the realm of the ineffable. Yet we find such realm discussed in songs, films and novels; humorously or seriously. Since ancient Greece, it is debated by the majority that love is materialistic, a physical phenomenon that dictates us with such animalistic or genetic behaviour. But Plato had it more accurate. He saw that Love was only subjective so he did a market research. As it turns out, the new philosophy came from two most popular claims back then, he published: Love provides us with an enormously influential and attractive notion that is characterized by a series of elevations in which such behaviours or basic lust is superseded by a more intellectual conception,love, which is also surpassed by what may be construed by a theological vision of love that transcends sensual attraction and mutuality.

Click here if you need a dictionary

However if you are too lazy to read, here’s a summary from his disciple, Aristotle: ‘two bodies and one soul.’ It is better to give than to receive so if you have finally come round to realising love is actually just part of everyone’s life, GET YOUR ASS OUT THERE and find yourself a lonely belated date! You know you can, if you think you will. (Not that that means anything).


Author: Kai Chong

A student, and an Entrepreneur. Kai loves exploring the Internet, trying out micro startups of his own and receiving American media. He hails from Singapore, and is an agnostic. He loves to interact over devices and dislikes waiting for responses for too long.

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