Love is the emotion of strong affection and personal attachment. In philosophical context, love is a virtue representing all of humankindness, compassion, andaffection. In religious context, love is not just a virtue, but the basis for all being, and the foundation for all divine law. The word love can refer to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, ranging from generic pleasure to intenseinterpersonal attraction. "Love" can also refer specifically to the passionate desire and intimacy of romantic love, to thesexual love of eros, to the emotional closeness of familial love, or to the platonic love that defines friendship, to the profoundoneness or devotion of religious love. This diversity of uses and meanings, combined with the complexity of the feelings involved, makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, even compared to other emotional states. Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships and, owing to its central psychological importance, is one of the most common themes in the creative arts.