Slavoj Zizek on Love and Desire
And love is to be opposed here to desire. Desire is always caught in the logic of “this is not that,” it thrives in the gap that forever separates the obtained satisfaction from thesought-for satisfaction, while love as authentic sublimation fully accepts that “thisis that”—that the woman with all her weaknesses and common features is the Thing I unconditionally love; that Christ, this miserable man, is the living God. Again, to avoid a fatal misunderstanding: the point is not that we should “renounce transcendence” and fully accept the limited human person as our love object, since “this is all there is.” Transcendence is not abolished, but rendered accessible—it shines through in this very clumsy and miserable being that I love. ~ Zizek
Man Ray, Hands Painted by Pablo Picasso, 1935.
(Zizek via Hegel on Marriage | e-flux)