We have spent the last month looking at all kinds of love — from the love within families for siblings and spouses, to a parent’s love for a child, to our own love for things as diverse as a hearty meal or Indiana basketball.
Even a superficial understanding of love surely covers a lot of territory. We have wondered — even longed for — the possibility of a love that was different than what we are used to. Deep down there is a strong thread of hope that a love could be found that would last, that wouldn’t have impure motives, that would stretch and reach beyond even our wildest imagination. Can we ever know what that love is?
Musicians have been asking that question for centuries. Think for a moment about a popular British-American rock band that was formed in 1976 and still tours today. This group has had an album spend more weeks on the Billboard chart at No. 1 than any album by AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, U2, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Genesis, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton and a host of others. They have had nine top 10 hits — a feat that is one less than the Eagles, but as many or more than Fleetwood Mac, Journey, ZZ Top, Alice Cooper, David Bowie or even Bob Dylan. Their single, “Waiting For a Girl Like You,” was at No. 2 on the Billboard singles chart for 14 weeks — still a record.
But Foreigner only had a single No. 1 song — “I Want to Know What Love Is” — popular partially because it asked a question that all of us wrestle to know. It eludes us, we chase it, we fall in it and think we fall out of it. We use the word in many ways most every day, but we all want to make sure that we really understand what love is.