I beg, I plead for you to read thisnquote at least 5 times. Done? Do you realize what this means? We all wear masks (saying you don't wear a mask is also a mask, in case you were wondering), and love makes that mask vulnerable. Love makes us aware that we have been living within a mask, it makes us brave enough to dare take it off, and it makes us terrified to challenge keeping it on forever. The error you've made here, and I know you've made this error, is thinking that Baldwin is talking about close relationships. He isn't. Love the man across the world. Understand his perspective. Be honest with yourself about what you think of him. You know the man I mean. The man who has done nothing wrong but you are still socialized to be afraid of. Love him. And love yourself enough to recognize your faults in loving him.