I've been pondering love. Real love, and as I've looked at definitions, and explanations, I've found them all rather egocentric. "My life wouldn't be the same without that person." "I have very strong feelings for that person." "I can't think of anything except that person." Well, it struck me that real love, "true love" if you don't mind the term, would be a complete giving up of yourself, not to the other, but because of the other. Because the part of you that looks out for number one, has redefined number one. A complete surrender of all that is you, because it takes all of your being to concentrate on their happiness, and their well-being. You care more for them than yourself. You are, indeed, focused more on them than yourself. Your ego ceases to be "you" and becomes a part of them, outside of themselves. All happiness and sadness in you comes from their joys or sorrows. If love is one-sided, you can see the danger in this. If you cease to look out for yourself, and they don't take up the job, well, disaster can strike. But, the circle completed, the "true love" reciprocated, and you'd have the perfect merging of two souls into one. With the ego gone, given to the other, the couple would be close as no others could, out of consenting necessity. (If, indeed, you can consent to love, or do have a choice in the matter, which is debatable.) Each could no longer function separately, as that part of each that looked after it's own well-being would be gone. A surrendering of your ego to another, trustingly, and unconditionally, and theirs to you. To me, that is the truest love between two people that I can conceive of. But I've only seen and felt love from my perspective, and with my experience. What is it to you? What would you consider the perfect philosophical love?