Humans cannot be fully human if their focus is purely inward. It is not a question of choice, it is the way we are made. We always are in relation to the Other (which may be singular or plural.) If that relationship is one where we reject every possible Other it still remains the thing which defines us and dominates our thoughts and actions.
The most perfect form, however, which that relationship can take is to love the Other for its own sake.
Via Tom Holland on Twitter, a lovely reflection on George Harrison’s “What Is Life” at Thoughtfully Detached. “What Is Life” is one of the better-known songs off All Things Must Pass, the most earnest collection of popular music that I know of.
Harrison’s knack for exuberant spiritual-romantic songwriting is all the more impressive given his ironic, dry, “bitch-wizard” manner.