Here is a quote to distract you from the Red on your screens this week:

“The world is so big, so complicated, so replete with marvels and surprises that it takes years for most people to begin to notice that it is, also, irretrievably broken. We call this period of research ‘childhood.’

“There follows a program of renewed inquiry, often involuntary, into the nature and effects of mortality, entropy, heartbreak, violence, failure, cowardice, duplicity, cruelty, and grief; the researcher learns their histories, and their bitter lessons, by heart. Along the way, he or she discovers that the world has been broken for as long as anyone can remember, and struggles to reconcile this fact with the ache of cosmic nostalgia that arises, from time to time, in the researcher’s heart: an intimation of vanished glory, of lost wholeness, a memory of the world unbroken. We call the moment at which this ache first arises ‘adolescence.’ The feeling haunts people all their lives.”

- Michael Chabon, writer.

Category: Philosophy, Psychology

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6 Responses to “QOTD: The World”

  1. call me ahab says:

    good stuff BR- will put the author on my summer reading list

  2. Francisco Bandres de Abarca says:

    Ah, the soft, almost imperceptible whispers from a faraway and primordial rectitude. Which brings to mind a bit from ‘Lalla Rookh; The Fire-Worshippers’, by Thomas Moore:

    I knew, I knew it could not last—
    ’Twas bright, ’twas heavenly, but ’tis past!
    Oh! ever thus, from childhood’s hour,
    I ’ve seen my fondest hopes decay;
    I never loved a tree or flower,
    But ’twas the first to fade away.

    As an antidote, I recommend having a listen to Arthur Honegger’s ‘Pastorale d’été’, preferably the performance led by Michel Plasson, conducting the Toulouse Capitole Orchestra. The pacing is just right.

    Y’all have a pleasant weekend!

  3. Rich in NJ says:

    That quote reminds me of why even well-adjusted people like to enjoy an altered state of consciousness now and then, via beer, wine, or whatever.

  4. pielou says:

    “the world is so big” whatever after that since for me it starts there. i walk, run, drink, talk and more, and so many and many times i hear that sentence, “It is a small world”. WOW, how can people can be so wrong? I tell them every time, “the word is big, interesting people meet meet in interesting place”.
    Pierre

  5. here: “…it is, also, irretrievably broken…”

    I’ll begin to wonder..

    the Author states this, the above, as, seemingly, a priori “Fact”..

    personally, if it were such, I’m inclined believe that We wouldn’t be Here to See it..

    sounds, to me, that He/She/It is describing Mankind’s limitations, not the World’s ‘broken-ness’..

    Or, Am I missing Something?