For Good Mental Health: Love

I’m always interested in the thoughts of great thinkers as they give us invaluable insights that we may think about ourselves and put our own slant on it. That is not to say that we cannot think of great thoughts ourselves, but why not use the resources of others as you move along your own personable path of life.

So, as I do, I have found yet another valuable saying, this time by Frank A. Clark. He stated:

“A baby is born with a need to be loved – and it never outgrows it.”

What a great concept. Obvious, but so true. Nobody doubts that a tiny baby needs love. So much so that we know that infants who are denied love fail to thrive and actually die. This situation most likely occurs in orphanages, but in cases of extreme neglect, it can also occur in private homes.

But the main point of this quotation is that, sure, we all recognize that infants and children need love. Even teenagers need love although they will largely deny it when they are being contrary.

Adults need love, and I’m not talking about romantic love and infatuation, I’m talking about strong, quality, platonic love. Even strong patriarchs and matriarchs of large families who we all rely on and believe to be wise, invincible, worldly and strong – need love. And the elderly, at the end of their lives, frail and perhaps frightened, maybe cantankerous with it, need love.

In short, there really is not a time throughout our entire lifespan that we do not need the love of others in order to achieve good, sold and stable mental health. Being aware that no matter how old we are, how success we might be, how much we have achieved, the statement of Clark’s helps us to realize that we are essentially frail human beings. Being essentially frail, although we not be fully aware of our vulnerability until a crisis erupts, we always did and always will, need love.