Der Liebe willen lieben

»Love is its own why; love is for its own sake. It does not demand a further or external reason. When I do something for love of my spouse or child or friend, that is an expenditure made without expectation of return, even though we understand that in fact the circle of return is always there. The force of deconstruction in this context is to preserve the “madness” of the gift giving, the expenditure that is made madly on behalf of the other, and to delimit the rigorous—as in rigor mortis—rationality of cost accounting our lives. There is, there ought to be, something that we do in life that is not for a return but just because what we are doing is life itself, something a little mad. That is the gift.«

John D. Caputo, What Would Jesus Deconstruct?, Page 72f.

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