Don’t get me wrong. Not love itself. Just the word.
Imagine how much more rich, specific, responsible and accountable our communication and we ourselves will become.
No more meaningless “iloveu’s” misinterpreted by the recipient into “I love you till the death do us part”.
“I like you so much that would like you to be a witness of my life for the next month or so”. Instead of “I think I kinda love you, so, perhaps, you want to stay with me for a bit”. Without “love”, we’d know where we stand with each other.
“The balance sheet of what I like about you versus what I dislike about you is heavily biased to the former” instead of “I might be in love with you”.
No more “she’s so lovely”. Lovely for whom or in what ways? We’d have to be more specific: “She’s sexy”, “She’s got a pretty face”, “She walks like a supermodel on a catwalk”, or “She cooks great pasta”. The advantages of having a precise description of “lovely” instead of this ambiguous word are enormous, plus it tells you more about the speaker than the girl he is describing.
And, certainly, no more lovely dinners. No more “it was lovely”. It was not. It was relatively tasty, and we had a good time even though you are a vegan. Straight, to the point, to the core of the problem.
This is the famous painting of love by Magritte, in which lovers are blinded by their passion. No more blindness. No more abstract deceptions, no more human drama.
No more stupid symbolism of the kiss.
No more whispering, “my love” when kissing a girl or a boy. Be frank with yourself and your partner. “I like kissing you because it makes the expectation of sex so much more exciting”. So, instead of interpreting Klimt or Rodin’s Kisses as sophisticated symbols of love, we can finally put the matter to rest: their art was about the importance of foreplay.
“I don’t love you anymore” will be replaced by the considerably concise “I’ve met someone who is everything you are not: romantic, passionate, attentive and doesn’t throw his things around the house”.
Banning love would serve well the popularization of mathematics. “I love you madly” will be replaced by “I like you cubed” or “I like you squared”, for milder cases.
The society will prosper in innumerable ways, if “love” is banned.
The only people to object would be obviously shrinks and novel writers who thrive on the insecurities of love. No pity for them, right?
Now, the best thing you can do is to press “Like” three times, because I know you loved this post, but no one thought of giving you the option of having a Love button!
UPDATE: My dear friend Des Fischers Seele wondered what would I do with Romeo and Juliet with “love” being banned, and offered this monologue as a challenge.
My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Prodigious birth of love it is to me,
That I must love a loathèd enemy.
I got William on the phone (for, obviously, it was his challenge) and he dictated me a new, loveless, lamentation by Juliet:
First time I see a man I want for life,
He turns out to be deserving bullet.
I fell for him before I thought to cool it,
And now it’s too late for senseless strife.
Ain’t it a monstrous thing, indeed inhuman
to make a teen feel middle-aged woman!
PS Thank you, the Daily Prompt for inspiration. Today’s prompt asked a simple question (If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?) to which I am sure a just gave a most professional answer.