With these defining features of love in mind, it seems tome that self-love—notwithstanding its questionable reputation—is in a certain way the purest of all modes of love. You may think that I cannot possibly mean this. When I say that self-love is the purest kind of love, it may seem that I am merely being whimsical or that I am playing irresponsibly with paradox. In fact, however, the truth of this claim that self-love is exceptionally pure can rather easily be established.0
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