Sunday, April 19, 2009

can we talk?

i've received some helpful feedback both here and elsewhere
and i realize now that i'm not ready to quit this blog.

i feel that there is a struggle going on in life, for all people on one level or another. Giving in and Giving up are sometimes a temptation.
BUT, the principle of staying the course and not giving in to hate [via the dark side of the force]is a story told throughout time.
many people have paved the path for me.

my blog is not all that important, perhaps, in the grand scheme of things.
it's not that.
it's about Choices.
what will i choose to focus on?

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Reverence for Life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting, and enhancing life and that to destroy, harm, or to hinder life is evil. Affirmation of the world -- that is affirmation of the will to live, which appears in phenomenal forms all around me -- is only possible for me in that I give myself out for other life. --ALBERT SCHWEITZER:

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

I think that taking life seriously means something such as this: that whatever man does on this planet has to be done in the lived truth of the terror of creation, of the grotesque, of the rumble of panic underneath everything. Otherwise it is false. Whatever is achieved must be achieved with the full exercise of passion, of vision, of pain, of fear, and of sorrow. How do we know ... that our part of the meaning of the universe might not be a rhythm in sorrow? --Ernest Becker