[Note: The following text was taken verbatim from the “M Men-Gleaner Manual, Love, Marriage, and You” used in 1956-1957. Previous entries in this series can be found here.]
What Is Love?
DURING World War II a young man-we shall call him John was stationed at one of the army centers in the South. In his native Utah he had gone with several different girls and with one in particular. They had talked some of getting married in about a year. One Saturday evening he was chatting with a couple of buddies on a street corner and two girls came up and started talking to one of the boys whom they knew. The girls were introduced to the others and they chatted and joked with each other for awhile. Then they all decided to go to a show. After the show the young man from Utah accompanied one of the girls to her home. They spent about an hour at her doorstep talking before he left. When he returned to his barracks he woke up his closest friend and said, “Gee, Jim, I’m in love.” Jim was half asleep, and replied, “Oh, you’re only kidding; go back to sleep.” John said, “Quit joking; I know I’m in love,” and he spent most of the night thinking about “this wonderful girl he had met.” Within the next three or four weeks, whenever he was free from duty, they spent the time together and within five weeks they were married. Both had told their friends that they were positive they were deeply in love with each other. But were they? Three months later the girl sued for divorce and both of them admitted that their attachment had been strictly a physical infatuation. They had practically nothing in common and no basis for a real love relationship.
1. How might the above couple have found out whether they were really in love?
2. What do you think love is?
3. What are some indications that people are in love?