Friday, February 10, 2012

Valentine thoughts
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Peninsula readers' letters: Feb. 10

From Daily News Group readers

Posted: 02/09/2012 06:02:52 PM PST
Updated: 02/10/2012 12:02:05 AM PST

Valentine thoughts

Dear Editor: History books tell us that during the Feast of Lupercalia, an event which evolved into the celebration known as Valentine's Day, it was the custom for Roman youths to cast lots to pick a girl to not only bestow gifts upon, but to court the following year. In this modern day and age, such a random way of selecting a sweetheart has been abandoned. Instead, on Feb., 14, lovers in many countries give cards and gifts to express their love to the one for which they have romantic feelings.

The Greek language has various words for love. One of them is agape, meaning love without expecting anything in return. This is not selfish or self-serving love -- it is selfless and unconditional. But is it possible? How can we not feel slighted when we don't receive the treatment we want or feel we deserve in return for some good deed? How can we not "keep score," or not desire recompense or at least a response?

What is real love? It is wanting the best for someone else. It is putting their welfare above yours. It is being happy when they gain what they wanted or worked for.

Ted Rudow III, MA

Palo Alto

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