Compared to the person I love, the universe seems poor and empty. This universe isn’t ‘risked’ because it’s not ‘perishable.’ But the beloved is the ‘beloved’ for only a single person. Carnal love, because not ‘sheltered from thieves’ or vicissitudes, is greater than divine love. It risks me and the one I love. God by definition isn’t risked. — Georges Bataille, On Nietzsche. (Paragon House; Reprint edition August 27, 1998) Originally published 1945.