Did You Know?
English has only one word for 'love'. Sanskrit has 96.
The need for love does not negate love itself. It just means that we are not very good at knowing how to love or be loved, possibly because we have such stunted vocabularies with which to think and perceive love. To quote depth psychologist/bestselling writer Robert A. Johnson:
Sanskrit has 96 words for love; ancient Persian has 80, Greek three, and English only one. This is indicative of the poverty of awareness or emphasis that we give to that tremendously important realm of feeling. Eskimos have 30 words for snow, because it is a life-and-death matter to them to have exact information about the element they live with so intimately. If we had a vocabulary of 30 words for love … we would immediately be richer and more intelligent in this human element so close to our heart. An Eskimo probably would die of clumsiness if he had only one word for snow; we are close to dying of loneliness because we have only one word for love. Of all the Western languages, English may be the most lacking when it comes to feeling.” — Robert Johnson, “The Fisher King and the Handless Maiden“