In the 1997 Disney cartoon Hercules, the city of Thebes, Greece, is under direct attack by the Titans, a group of monsters that have been released by the God of the Underworld, Hades. Amidst the destruction, a column from a Greek building falls towards the film’s hero, Hercules. Meg, who’s secretly fallen in love with Hercules, pushes him out of the way and is crushed by the column. Running over to Meg, Hercules lifts the column off of her and she is barely alive.
Choking back tears, Hercules asks, “Meg, why did you… You didn’t have to… “
Meg responds, smiling through the pain, “People do crazy things… when they’re in love.”
True love is a term that is hard to define by the world’s standards. It can mean different things to each person.
I personally feel that true love is selflessness. True love is where you are willing to put another’s life above yours, even if it hurts you. True love sees past differences and sees the individual for what they are and what they can become. True love is when that special someone talks with you late into the night when you’re struggling or when one is willing to let you pursue a dream without protest. Most important, true love is the strongest force here on earth.
What is true love to you and what examples of it have you seen in your life?