It's a well-known fact that if a person is in love with someone else, he or she should also protect the possessions of his or her sweetheart, as well as look after the welfare of him or her. A Christian Priest, St Bernard, reportedly said in the year 1153:
'Que me amat, amat et Canem.'
Meaning: "Anyone who loves me also loves my dog."
And in the year 1480, another famous saying about love went as follows:
"He that lovytheme, lovythe my hound."
A hound is a type of dog used for hunting; a foxhound. Additionally, there is a famous saying in French West Africa about love:
"Pas la jalousie, pas l'amour."
Meaning: "If there is no jealousy, then there is no love." Love and jealousy are, therefore, strange bedfellows and that if a man loves a woman he will always be restless if he sees her talking to a stranger and vice versa.
People have grown so busy that personal relationships are now impoverished. Friendships are now harder to keep. Families are shrinking, and not only through divorce. People in developed countries are now having few children, and the elderly are not often cared for, at home. And, despite human relationships have been categorized into many types, relationships with the opposite sex have been the most common in all cultures under the sun. These relationships could just be platonic ones; they could also be a romantic ones; however, the romantic ones are arguably the "sweetest". As far as romantic relationships are concerned, they are the same in the East and in the West. Differences, however, would not fail to exist with respect to their longevity, closeness and intensity.
The words "love" and "lover" are used so freely these days that it may not necessarily indicate the dichotomy between an amorous relationship, where one partner is usually considered only as a "usable and expendable commodity", and an intimate companionship, whereby the intended goal is matrimony. Some men want to boast about their priapic conquests. Some sailors are reputedly famous for their priapic episodes ashore (a girl in every port).
Science and reason may have failed when it comes to dealing with problems of the human heart. Today, we are witnessing a new revolution that will shape the knowledge society of the 21st Century. This revolution affects all aspects of our life- styles, the way we learn, work and communicate with each other; but will it be able to keep marriages intact; insure loyalty between couples; put a stop to child prostitution and pornography; end violence against women once and for all? In short, will it make the world a better and safer place to conduct faithful relationships?
The Somber Princess Diana – the People's Princess – telling of her lonely and desperate existence in her early married life to the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, says: "My husband made me feel so uniquate in every possible way," she told her biographer Andrew Morton. Princess Diana also talks about her several suicide attempts: "I thread myself down the stairs, bearing in mind I was carrying a child." She said.