St Augustine Object Of Love Analysis

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According to Saint Augustine, man inevitably loves because he is limited. Within man, there is a need which only love can fill. And this love cannot be found within oneself, which is why it is necessary for us to go beyond ourselves when we love. The act of love entails fastening one’s affections to an object of love, which are usually objects, other persons, oneself, or God. While all objects may become legitimate objects of love, we must recognise that each object of our love can only provide us with so much happiness and satisfaction. Saint Augustine further argues that love becomes disordered when one expects more from the object of love than what it is capable of giving. Our love becomes disordered when the manner with which we attach ourselves to the object of our love and our expectations from this loving act exceed what the object of our love can actually provide us. He also cautions that disordered love leads to many, if not all, forms of human pathology. This tendency towards disordered love is common for fans, or people whose objects of love are celebrities, public figures, or people who are generally inaccessible to them.…show more content…
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