While the Beatle’s song “All You Need Is Love” is a beautiful song and I WISH it were true, it simply isn’t.
Maybe it seems that way for people who have many material possessions, but there have been times in my life where it wasn’t clear where my next meal was going to come from. At that point, love and A LITTLE FOOD was all I needed.
Then, to pay for the roof over my head love and SOME MONEY were all that I needed.
Changing the subject a bit, I’ve loved people who didn’t love me back no matter how much love I had for them and how hard I tried to be worthy of their love or to make them love me back.
MY love wasn’t all I needed. I needed THEIR love too.
The song didn’t mention that tiny, itty bitty detail.
And what about air? (I know now I’m just getting silly, but air to breathe is kind of important, doncha think?)
There was a time when I had major lung problems when I truly understood at a very visceral level just how important air is.
I don’t want to speak for others, so I’ll say that for these reasons, I don’t believe that love is all I need.
But any time I’ve felt without love– no matter what my financial condition–I felt very poor indeed.
And with love I often felt much richer than a net worth statement would have shown.
So, given my druthers, I’d choose love over anything else—-including life itself.