When we understand that man is the only animal who must create meaning, who must open a wedge into neutral nature, we already understand the essence of love. Love is the problem of an animal who must find life, create a dialogue with nature in order to experience his own being.
Ernest Becker (1924–1974), U.S. psychologist, cultural anthropologist. “A Brief Ontology of Love,” pt. 2, ch. 9, The Structure of Evil (1968).