This article was submitted by Nant Thin Thin Hmwe, a PhD candidate in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Love is one of the basic human needs, as stated in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. We need food and shelter to survive. We need safety and security as well. Then, we need love and belonging, which are powerful tools to create peace and stability. In my personal view, love is an essential vitamin for well-being.
Well, what is the meaning of love? In the Oxford dictionary, the definition of love is, “an intense feeling of deep affection, a great interest and pleasure in something, a person or thing that one loves.” If we love someone or something, we take care of that person or thing we love – trying to protect it against threats and dangers. Generally, people love their family members, relatives and friends, wishing them a life they enjoy, free from worries. With deep affection, we try to support each other in order to maintain harmony and stability. Therefore, love is an essential element in daily living.
When the boundary of love is broadened, we can have deep affection for everyone, regardless of their race and religion. We can see that all human beings are lovely in nature. We wish that everybody can live in peace and harmony. If people have this kind of love, the world will be very peaceful. People will be very kind to each other, and they will not threaten one another. There will be no war or conflict.
However, there are so many conflicts and tensions all over the world. Some people try to be powerful, while others are self-centred. If we are mindful enough to enrich the power of love, there will be less conflict. We should teach ourselves to see every individual as a lovely human being who deserves to be loved and respected. Everyone has their own ability to grow up, and the potential to enjoy a successful life. We should give a helping hand to others, and not attempt to control or manipulate them.
I like the quote, “Love has no boundaries.” If we can love everyone without conditions, we can enjoy peace of mind. For instance, some people donate blood because there is someone else who needs it for survival. The blood donors don’t think about who the recipient of their blood will be. They are just concerned about the person’s wellness, regardless of race, religion and cultural background. They are happy to give blood to someone who needs it.
Similarly, some people are doing charity and humanitarian works because they have great compassion for people who need help. These actions are based on love and affection. If a person can love people without boundaries, he or she will always do good things for people and society. With the power of love, we can create peace and promote well-being for all society.
For students, university is the place where we meet people from different countries and cultural backgrounds. We have a great opportunity to make friends and share our cultural diversity. Over time, we will form bonds of love and deep affection for each other. In the long run, we can connect with each other for future endeavours, contributing to the peace and well-being of humanity.
While reading this article, you may want to ask me if I can love people without boundaries. I will answer, “No, not yet, but I am trying.” We all should try to broaden the boundary of love as much as we can. The stronger the power of love, the more peaceful our society will be.
So, let’s try to boost the power of love!
With loving kindness,
Nant Thin Thin Hmwe
School of Nursing and Midwifery