Saturday, 30 May 2015

Leaning into the Light

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 within one's culture but within oneself? If there is a stage in 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 greatest pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expressing of leaning into the light.

Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams

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