From: Mark Wilson (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Oct 18 2001 - 09:34:21 EDT
Hopefully, not to belabor the John 21 text, but to make
a case for FILEW's uses, I suggest that FILEW, like our word love,
can be used at both ends of a spectrum.
"I love my new shoes." vs "I love my child."
Here, the distinction is obvious, even without a context at all.
I therefore think one could support the following chart:
FILEW --> AGAPAW --> FILEW
FILEW1 --> AGAPAW --> FILEW2
Where FILEW1 is "I love my new shoes."
If we transfer this distinction into the relationship area,
we would have:
I am fond of --> I greatly respect --> I love deeply/passionately
To me, the issue is whether or not FILEW can attach itself
to both ends of such a relationship spectrum. Can it?
What I understand about FILEW is that it seems to focus
on the emotional side, whereas AGAPAW tends toward the rational side.
To anticipate an objection, FILEW2 would require AGAPAW,
both its initial attainment and current possession. Hence,
one can love a girl friend (FILEW1), but before one can deeply
fall in love and marry her (FILEW2), he must first traverse AGAPAW,
otherwise, it would be ERWS :o )
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