Loneliness

“I stretch my loneliness out from eternity to eternity.” — Rainer Maria Rilke, tr. by Robert Bly, from Selected Poems One ant, a single bee, an abandoned antelope, and a lone wolf doesn’t amount to very much on their own, and neither does a socially isolated human being. Some animals have evolved to rely on … Continue reading Loneliness

Kinds

“The human mind was set up to categorize, generalize. It makes life so much simpler.” ― Laura Lippman And humans opened their mind’s eye for the first time, and their power of observation went to work on all they beheld. We saw all that was within and all that was without and desired it all … Continue reading Kinds

Justice

“At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.” — Aristotle Life is unfair, so they say. Some people are lucky, they have wealth, health, beauty, talent, intelligence. They were born to parents who loved them in all the right ways and communities and circumstances … Continue reading Justice

Desire

“All suffering originates from craving, from attachment, from desire.” ― Edgar Allan Poe We are born, and then we die, and in between, we desire. Desire is in all of us. The desire for food and water, the desire for health, the desire for love, family, and community, for a home, the desire for beauty, … Continue reading Desire

Choice

“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre We are alive, though we’d rather not feel so. We are our bodies, though we’d rather not be so. We have free-will, though we’d rather not act so. Humans posssess the gift of … Continue reading Choice