(ME. love, luve). Affection that moves one to seek a real or imaginary good and to desire its possession. The word l. has very diverse meanings, but represents an inclination toward someone or something. The care with which one performs a task, delighting in it, is considered a form of love. On the other hand, it is also how we designate the passion of the sexes and the relationship with the beloved.
As for self-l., it is regarded positively when interpreted as a desire to improve one’s own conduct, and negatively when it involves excessive regard for oneself.
Humanists consider l. a fundamental psychological force that assures mutual aid and Solidarity among human beings, beyond the normally established limits between social groups and states.