Daniel Mai

What Is Love?

Another voicemail question1:

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here’s a voicemail question for you: What is love?

Very appropriate for today, isn’t it?

I don’t know what love is, but I’ll try.

Love is a feeling. For sure, there are different levels of love. For interpersonal relationships, it’s about thinking about others rather than yourself. For what we do, it’s about feeling like there’s nothing else in the world that we would rather do, and doing great work. For what fascinates us, it’s about what we want to know about and what we want to be associated with.

Love is trust, affection, passion, and interesting.

Really, I’m just throwing all of these words around.

You, my dear reader, are lovely.

  1. A voicemail question is a question that desires an answer that reveals something about the answerer. It’s an open-ended question that can be asked whenever and wherever. The idea was taken from the novel These Days by Jack Cheng. As the name suggests, the question is asked by the callee to the caller through voicemail, replacing orthe usual “Please leave a message after the beep.”