The Personalist Project

Our need for love

Obviously … it does not suffice us simply to exist; we can do that ‘anyhow’. What matters to us, beyond mere existence, is the explicit confirmation: It is good that you exist; how wonderful that you are! In other words, what we need over and above sheer existence is: to be loved by another person. &… That is an astonishing fact when we consider it closely. Being created by God actually does not suffice, it would seem; the fact of creation needs continuation and and perfection by the creative power of human love.

Josef Pieper, Faith, Hope, Love