“If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry” p.249 A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.
Hemingway was lucid about war and the tolls it exacts at a personal level. We are in a hurry, but death isn’t. We could have been dead at birth. Why be in a hurry?
I closed the book feeling so empty. Especially when it ends with THE END in caps.
Is this how my world and yours will end? IN CAPS? in the rain?
Why are we still hurting each other? To what end?
Greed has no end. I know that.
Jealousy as well.
But goodness and kindness ? Are they in short supply?
If we weren’t around at all – what opportunities have we lost? gained? missed?
Life saga doesn’t just happen in movies. It happens in real life. Another day at work, another child is born into this pain-filled world. A funeral (a good sight, since it marks THE END of a hopefully good life).
What about hope?
Have we lost the ability to dream?
Fire, Ready, Aim.,
I love the Romantics yet I ended up being a Realist.
Many of my age already turned cynical.
I haven’t heard joy and laughter from people of my age for a while.
What happened to those baby-faces? Lost innocence?
Don’t cave in.
It will get you eventually. Hence buying for time. Enjoy the ride.
Be not in any special hurry!