“It takes so much to be a full human
being that there are very few who have
the enlightenment or the courage to
pay the price…
One has to abandon altogether the
search for security, and reach out
to the risk of living with both arms.
One has to embrace the world like a lover.
One has to accept pain as a condition
One has to court doubt and darkness
as the cost of knowing.
One needs a will stubborn in conflict,
but apt always to total acceptance of e
very consequence of living and dying.”
-Morris L. West
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This passage changed my life.
I first saw it projected on a transparency
up on a projector screen in math class
in 10th grade (1993)
Mr. Hyra put it up and for the first time
(ever) in math class I paid close attention.
After reading it I asked him if he could print
me off a copy, which he did – and I folded up
and placed in my wallet for the next 10 years.
What do you think this passage means?
(answer in the comments below)
P.S. Sometimes things are tough.
Sometimes we feel too old.
Other times we’re just too worn
out to do what’s really important.
Life has a way of draining you dry sometimes.
Enjoy the boost.