First I have to ask, you didn’t make this topic because of this week episode of Koi to Uso, did you? lol
Well, love is in general, very subjective and there’s many types of love. You can love a family member, you can love a friend, you can love doing something, you can love some object… If you stop to think, maybe those feelings shouldn’t have this same name.
In general, we could describe love as a very strong feeling of liking and caring about something or someone. So, how would I explain it to a child? Maybe “who’s your best friend? Why are they your best friend? Would you care if they were in pain? Do you want to see them happy? That’s love”. But again, it’d totally depend of the child and what kind of love we’re talking about, though I’d always explain this kind of love before the romantic love. As for a robot… It’d always be very hard to explain any feeling for them, because we don’t exactly know if they’d feel like us. If they have a “spirit”, let’s put this way.
But one thing I believe is that, in most cases, things such as unconditional love doesn’t exist. We’ll ALWAYS find parents that don’t love their children, abusive romantic relationships without true love, and etc. I’d say the only unconditional love we can have is from a pet.
And love isn’t the desire for sex or kisses or any of that. It can complement, yes, but it isn’t LOVE itself. I’m so sick and tired of hearing I don’t love my boyfriend because I don’t miss seeing him in person or don’t have sex with him.