Love, Friendship & The Big Bang

“The type of nothing from which something can arise is truly something.”

John K. Brown on the Big Bang

Viktor Frankl on love, in his book Man’s Search for Meaning

“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.”

Aristotle talks friendship, 1061-1062.

“It is natural that such friendships should be infrequent; for such men are rare. Further,
such friendship requires time and familiarity; as the proverb says, men cannot know each
other till they have ‘eaten salt together’; nor can they admit each other to friendship or be
friends till each has been found lovable and been trusted by each. Those who quickly
show the marks of friendship to each other wish to be friends, but are not friends unless
they both are lovable and know the fact; for a wish for friendship may arise quickly, but
friendship does not.”