I know this is a baseball forum, but I'm using the off-topic section just to kinda express my thoughts.
"I love MLB The Show. I love going to the movies. I love pizza." It's such an exaggerated word. We'll claim to love a food, a place, or a materialistic object, but is it possible to love anything that is not a living being.
We can look at the root of love itself. In English, we are limited by lack of words. We have one word, "love" when in reality it can have many meanings. The Greek language does much better with this, because they have four words for love with precise meaning.
Storgi - A love of sympathy for family members. This is the natural love between a child and her mother.
Philia - Brotherly (not as in family) love. This is the love you have for your good friends. Almost like a fellowship kind of love.
Eros - The sexual attraction between a man and woman, a husband and wife.
Agape - Love between God and man, which is made in his image and likeness. God loves his creation and his creation loves him and wants to praise him eternally.
What is the root of all love? All 4 categories? I'd argue that it is sacrifice. With storgi, you love your family members and are willing to make sacrifices to show it. The same applies with philia. With eros it allows you to offer yourself up entirely in union with another person. The interesting thing about eros is it being such a strong form of love, although it being a good thing, can be misinterpreted which can lead to lust, the opposite of eros love. Agape is the strongest love, God sacrifices himself and we give our lives to him.
So what's the conclusion here? Even if you aren't Christian I think it's still important to think about the types of love. All of which are gifts and are great things when expressed correctly, but when used incorrectly are vices. It's important to know what love actually is, it's important to make sacrifices for everybody and treat them as your own brother with storgi and philia, while also reserving eros for a spouse and agape for God.