Monday, 23 June 2008

Viktor Frankl on love – 1 (short)

THE MEANING OF LOVE

Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being until he loves him. By his love he is able to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; end even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualised but which ought to be actualised. Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualise these potentialities. By making him aware of what he can be and of what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true. (Frankl, 2004, p.116)


Frankl. V. E. (2004) Man’s Search for Meaning: the classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust, London, Rider
A longer account and discussion follow, in the next posting.

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