Our second word for love is philia. The Ancient Greeks valued philia far above eros because it was a love between friends or equals.
Philia has nothing to do with physical attraction: it is a dispassionate, virtuous love. Philia may be found in the loyalty between friends, the camaraderie among colleagues, and the sense of sacrifice and striving that develops in teams. Philia may be felt by friends who’ve endured hard times together or who have weathered the vagaries of life. Perhaps the boys who were successfully rescued rescued from the Luang Nang Non Cave in July 2018 will share this form of love for the rest of their lives….
This form of love is one that endures and can be celebrated but is it enough to make the world go around? Are there other aspects of love that we would want to add if love is to be all we need?