/ The Dear Self
After all, are we not told by an Author whose moral authority is quite favorably comparable to Kant's that we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves? That does not sound much like a warning against self-love. It does not say that we should love others instead of loving ourselves. It certainly does not at all suggest that self-love is an enemy of virtue, or that it is in some way discreditable to hold the self dear. On the contrary, the divine command to love others as we love ourselves may appear even to imply a positive recommendation of self-love as a fundamental moral paradigm—a morally indispensable model or ideal—by whichwe ought seriously to guide ourselves in the conduct of our practical lives.
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