Beyond the element of giving, the active characteristic of love becomes evident in the fact that it always implies certain basic elements, common to all forms of love. These are care, responsability, respect and knowledge
If America and the Western world continue in their state of unconscious hopelessness, lack of faith and of fortitude, it is predictable that they will not be able to resist the temptation of the big bang by nuclear weapons, which would end all problems – overpopulation, boredom, and hunger – since it would do away with all life.
Paradise is lost for good, the individual stands alone and faces the world-a stranger thrown into a limitless and threatening world. The new freedom is bound to create a deep feeling of insecurity, powerlessness, doubt, aloneness, and anxiety. These feelings must be alleviated if the individual is to function successfully.
In other words, ideas can become powerful forces, but only to the extent to which they are answers to specific human needs prominent in a given social character.
Capitalism puts things (capital) higher than life (labor). Power follows from possession, not from activity.
Know thyself” is one of the fundamental commands that aim at human strength and happiness.
Care and responsibility are constituent elements of love, but without respect for and knowledge of the beloved person, love deteriorates into domination and possessiveness.
The individual is freed from the bondage of economic and political ties. He also gains in positive freedom by the active and independent role which he has to play in the new system. But simultaneously he is freed from those ties which used to be lived in a closed world the center of which was man; the world has become limitless and at the same time threatening.
The ultimate choice for a man, in as much as he is given to transcend himself, is to create or destroy, to love or to hate.
But man is not only made by history-history is made by man.