Saturday, August 27, 2016

"How Do We Grieve?"

Look at all the evidence, learn the physics, do the math, then draw your own conclusions. If you honestly and objectively do that, there is only one conclusion you can make: Fukushima has sealed our fate. There is no escape, for anyone, anywhere. How do we grieve the loss of our beautiful, precious world, and us, all of us, with it? I don't know if there are words for that... I don't know them, anyway... And I wish to God I didn't know this truth, this fact. But once you know, you know... - CP

“My heart broke on its shame and sorrow. I suddenly knew how much crying there was in me, and how little love. I knew, at last, how lonely I was. But I couldn’t respond. My culture had taught me all the wrong things well. So I lay completely still, and gave no reaction at all. But the soul has no culture. The soul has no nations. The soul has no color or accent or way of life. The soul is forever. The soul is one. And when the heart has its moment of truth and sorrow, the soul can’t be stilled. I clenched my teeth against the stars. I closed my eyes. I surrendered to sleep. One of the reasons why we crave love, and seek it so desperately, is that love is the only cure for loneliness, and shame, and sorrow. But some feelings sink so deep into the heart that only loneliness can help you find them again. Some truths about yourself are so painful that only shame can help you live with them. And some things are just so sad that only your soul can do the crying for you.”
- Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram"

“For I have learned
      To look on nature, not as in the hour
      Of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes                  
      The still, sad music of humanity…”
-  William Wordsworth
Samuel Barber, "Adagio for Strings" 

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