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The Art of Loving

Love is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise. If love were only a feeling, there would be no basis for the promise to love each other forever. A feeling comes and it may go. How can I judge that it will stay forever, when my act does not involve judgment and decision.

Art of Loving is a thorough exploration of what love is and isn't. The central premise is that love is not something that you miraculously fall into but something that needs to be practiced and cultivated. Love is a form of art, so it requires a certain dedication to itself. It not only explores romantic love but also other kinds of love such as brotherly love or motherly love. The book feels a bit too academic at times, but it was still a worthy exploration of a subject that is so dear to our lives.

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