Egocentricity is the death of true personhood. Each becomes a real person only through entering into relation with other persons, through living for them and un them. There can be no man, so it has been rightly said, un til there are at least two man in communication. The same is true, secondly, of love. Love cannot exist in isolation, but presupposes the other. Self-love is the negation of love. As Charles Williams shows to such devastating effect in his novel Descent into Hell, self-love is hell; for, carried to its ultimate conclusion, self-love signifies the end of all joy and all meaning. Hell is not other people; hell is myself, cut off from others in self-centeredness.
— Kallistos Ware, The Orthodox Way (Revised edition) (s. 28)