A new kind of perfection vs. the saddest thing in the world
With respect to physical existence, one needs little, and to the degree that one needs less, the more perfect one is. In a human being’s relationship with God, however, it is inverted: the more one needs God the more perfect he is. To need God is nothing to be ashamed of but is perfection itself. It is the saddest thing in the world if a human being goes through life without discovering that he needs God!
Soren Kierkegaard, "To Need God Is Perfection," Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard, edited by Charles Moore, 30.