The True Love of the World

“The difficult thing is to find poetry, spirituality, in this dimension. To recreate, if not beauty, then aesthetic dimension in things like this, in trash itself. Because that is the true love of the world. What is love? Love is not idealization. Every true lover knows that if you really love a woman or a man, that you don’t idealize him or her. Love means you accept a person with all his failures, stupidities, ugly points, and nonetheless the person is absolute for you, everything that makes life worth living. You see perfection in imperfection itself. And that’s how we should learn to love the world. True ecologists love all this.”

— Slavoj Zizek, in the documentary “Examined Life”