“There is yet another illusion, that it is important to be respectable, to be loved and appreciated, to be important. Many say we have a natural urge to be loved and appreciated, to belong. That’s false. Drop this illusion and you will find happiness.
We have a natural urge to be FREE, a natural urge to love, but not to BE LOVED. Sometimes in my psycho-therapy sessions I encounter a very common problem: Nobody loves me, how then, can I be happy? I explain to him or her: “You mean you never have any moments when you forget you’re not loved and you let go and are happy?” Of course they have.”
Fr. Anthony DeMello, S.J., in “Awareness”
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