Today is the late Viktor Frankl’s would-be 108th birthday. If you haven’t read this Holocaust survivor’s personal reflections in Man’s Search For Meaning (1946), I argue that those are some words well worth your time.
Here’s one of his countless thoughtful passages:
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.
Do you have eyes of love to see both essence and potential?