"...human life is life that is aware of death. It is therefore dependent on the acceptance and affirmation of death. Because human life can be negated, denied and rejected, it must be affirmed, accepted and chosen. Because human life can suffocate in self-hate, it must develop self-love, which grows out of the experience of being loved. Life is kept living through interest in life. If interest in life flickers and dies out, then life loses its human quality, and dies biologically too. Human life comes from love, comes alive through love, and through love is able to make other life living. If this experience of love disappears from a human life, that life becomes petrified and dies even while the body lives."
(Jurgen Moltmann, Experiences in Theology, p.148).