The Four Loves

Lewis, C. S.

Fontana, 1963

p. 9

Lewis wants to defend Need-love.  “No doubt Need-love, like all our impulses, can be selfishly indulged.  A tyrannous and gluttonous demand for affection can be a horrible thing.”  But, Lewis adds, “in ordinary life no one calls a child selfish because it turns for comfort to its mother; nor an adult who turns to his fellow ‘for company.’”  Those who never need the company and comfort of others are usually “cold egoists.”