We want to believe we have intrinsic importance. We want to believe our loved ones do too. That's one of the things that makes age and death so scary: at some point no one will know that green dress was the one grandma wore to your parents' wedding, all that matters to you will no longer matter to anyone. But we want to feel that living DID matter.
Wendy J. Gordon, Outline of Art and the Intrinsic Worth of a Human Life (2009).