Pragma is love which endures. The love between a couple which develops over a long period of time. The love which endures in sickness and in health.
Pragma was about making compromises to help the relationship work over time, and showing patience and tolerance.
The psychoanalyst Erich Fromm said that we expend too much energy on “falling in love” and need to learn more how to “stand in love.” Pragma is precisely about standing in love—making an effort to give love rather than just receive it.
“What we wait around a lifetime for with one person, we can find in a moment with someone else.” – Stephanie Klein
With about a third of first marriages in the U.S. ending through divorce or separation in the first 10 years, the Greeks would surely think we should bring a serious dose of pragma into our relationships.
See other: Kinds of Greek Love