Love Research adventures, street interviews, and photos chronicling my search for love around New York City.
November 7, 2009
When I was a teenager, my father suggested I read The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm. So I pulled the book off the shelf and dug in. It turned out to be one of the most important books I have ever read. Mainly because forging a loving relationship is one of the biggest challenges in life and we need all the help we can get. In Rainer Maria Rilke’s more poetic words, “For one human being to love another human being. That is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task.”
I have returned to Fromm’s book often for inspiration and guidance, and I have given it to countless friends. When my husband and I were living in separate cities for a year we both read it at the same time to stay connected. We also chose a quote from this book to use in our wedding invitation:
“Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.”