Love and the Essence of Another

In the words of the timeless Viktor Frankl:

 

“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 unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized but yet ought to be actualized. Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities. By making him aware of what he can be and of what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true.” 
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

 

It is seeing this potential in another that is so beautiful in the experience of love. This sight can propel the beloved person to become more fulfilled. In reaching out to another in love too, the loving person experiences more meaning in life and a greater sense of well-being. There is transformative potential for all in cultivating loving relationships.

 

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