First let us establish three premises:
Those who do not love feel superior to everyone else.
Those who love feel equal to everyone else.
Those who love much gladly take the lower place.
Each one of us can identify his position somewhere along this spectrum, which comprises the three degrees of the spiritual life here on earth:
Death for those who do not love.
Life for those who love.
Holiness for those who love much.
[From In Search of the Beyond by Carlo Carretto]