Roman Krznaric

Roman Krznaric. is an Australian cultural thinker and co-founder of The School of Life in London. This article is based on his new book, How Should We Live? Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life(BlueBridge). @romankrznaric

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Have You Tried the Six Varieties of Love?

by Roman Krznaric 12-05-2013

Today’s coffee culture has an incredibly sophisticated vocabulary. Do you want a cappuccino, an espresso, a skinny latte or maybe an iced caramel macchiato? The ancient Greeks were just as sophisticated in the way they talked about love, recognizing six different varieties. They would have been shocked by our crudeness in using a single word both to whisper “l love you” over a candlelit meal and to casually sign an email “lots of love.”

So what were the six loves known to the Greeks? And how can they inspire us to move beyond our current addiction to romantic love, which has 94 percent of young people hoping — but often failing — to find a unique soul mate who can satisfy all their loving needs?