Quote by Pope Benedict XVI
In the end, even the yes to love is a source of suffering, because love always requires expropriations of my I, in which I allow myself to be pruned and wounded. Love simply cannot exist without this painful renunciation of myself, for otherwise it becomes pure selfishness and thereby ceases to be love.
This quote suggests that while love is often associated with joy and happiness, it also involves sacrifices and hardships. Loving someone requires us to give up parts of ourselves and endure emotional pain. Without this selflessness and willingness to be hurt, love becomes a self-centered and selfish emotion, losing its true essence. In essence, the quote highlights that genuine love involves surrendering our ego and accepting the inevitable suffering that comes along with it.
People who supported Obama felt like they formed a relationship, that they were being spoken to. The way that campaign worked and the way he's worked during his first term is to make people feel like he's grasping their hand, whether it's by tweeting or email, moments after an event, sometimes during an event. It makes people relate to him.