Yes, yes, yes! Self-love--i.e., self-care and self-respect--is integral to he healthy survival of our community, country, world. The relationship between self-love and other-love works according to the human phenomenon of projection. We project onto others what we think and feel about ourselves. If we neglect ourselves; we will neglect others. If we disrespect oursleves, we will disrespect others; and so on. I daresay heaven would be the state of loving ourselves such that we project love onto others by caring for and respecting them. When Jesus commanded us to love others as ourelves, he meant we should love each otheer LIKE we love ourselves and we should love each other WHILE we are in the prcess of loving oursleves.

Recovering adult child of an alcoholic; introverted, God-loving, creatively weird human being