How different things might be if, rather than saying ‘I think I’m in love,’ we were saying ‘I’ve connected with someone in a way that makes me think I’m on the way to knowing love,’ Or if instead of saying ‘I am in love’ we said ‘I am loving’ or ‘I will love.’ Our patterns around romantic love are unlikely to change if we do not change our language.
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.