So today I am thinking of Alyosha, and wondering if this line of thought would lead me toward him:
Love, perhaps, is something beyond good and bad. Maybe humans think they have to justify love for a person the way they justify love for an object or an activity; if the object performs well or the activity gives us present pleasure, they are GOOD.
To whom do we have to justify our choice to love another?
We are faced with the face of the other, and sometimes that person, just like ourselves, makes unhappy choices. What if we left the “goodness” or the “badness” of that person’s situation aside and just said “I love that person,” or “I want to love that person?”