Extra Virgin :: Better Than Sex or Romance
Sometimes, people make jokes about how men only ever want sex or about how women only ever want romance, but I think the thing we all want is actually the same ::
When over the years someone has seen you at your worst, and knows you with all your strengths and flaws, yet commits him- or herself to you wholly, it is a consummate experience. To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.
—Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage
P.S. This is some really good marriage advice.
(Art is “Kiss” by Saul Steinberg)