In the thread "Friendship or Love" people discussed their thoughts and shared their opinions about love and what that entails. Some people gave examples of what love meant to them, others stated that defining love is difficult and challenging. Some great dialogue took place. Then toward the end of the thread someone asked why wasn't "unconditional" love mentioned earlier. It started me thinking about what that means. It's the latest "buzz" word when we speak about how we should love someone and usually in the context of the type of love between a man and a woman. I hear people use the phrase a lot these days but I'm wondering exactly what does that mean? Is there a universal definition of "unconditional" love or is it something that means different things to different people--the same way "love" means different things to different people? Is it more than just a cliche' or is it an emotion that we should all strive toward practicing? Is it humanly possible to do or achieve or is it something that some psychologist or relationship counselor came up with to respond to people's confusion about what it means to love someone? What's the difference between loving someone, being in love with someone and loving someone unconditionally? Isn't love, love no matter what, and could the reason we keep trying to define it prove that it's whatever a person thinks it is and not what someone tries to tell you it should be? How can you love someone without placing conditions on the relationship? After all, we're human so what is it exactly that we're trying to achieve in our relationships and how can you achieve it if you don't place certain conditions on the relationship? Does love with conditions translate into people being selfish or demanding? Can you love your best friend unconditionally and is that easier to do than it is a lover/spouse? Is it the same as agape love--the way that God loves His people and is man capable of that type of love? Can unconditional love be taught? What type of mental, emotional or spiritual state is required to love someone without placing any conditions on them or the relationship? What are your thoughts?