No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
When the old way of seeing was displaced, a hollowness came into architecture.
Our buildings show a constant effort to fill that void, to recapture that sense of life which was once to be found in any house or shed. Yet the sense of place is not to be recovered through any attitude, device, or style, but through the principles of pattern, spirit, and context. - Jonathan Hale, The Old Way of Seeing, 1994
I see that children fill the existential hollowness many people feel;
that when we have children, we know they will need us, and maybe love us, but we don't have a clue how hard it is going to be.
We have lived long enough to experience the hollowness of earth and the rottenness of all carnal promises.