Kierkegaard sharply distinguishes Christian love from ordinary everyday love. Unlike Christian love, everyday love is nothing but concealed selfishness while Christian love concerns itself with the other's happiness and well-being. Kierkegaard's Christian love does this by bestowing the other with what he really needs rather than gratifying transient and selfish desires. Christian love can therefore ignore the earthly wishes of the loved one and aim itself at aspiring longing for eternity.
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