Saturday, April 16, 2011

Barry Lopez, "Leaning Into The Light"

“How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.”
 - Barry Lopez, "Arctic Dreams"


  1. Whilst I accept that there can be no is if there is not,I wish my light were a little bit brighter.

    TY for posting


  2. Your light's just fine, faeraemae, adding it to the rest of ours, and we've got a pretty good bonfire going, too, enough to beat back the darkness...
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting.