Monday, April 6, 2009

on a similar darjeeling track...

I think I understand now what it means to be worldly. Not to just enjoy things and people from all over the world, but maybe it means to understand the ultimate differences that span across every reach of humanity. To see those differences, acknowledge them, and not merely tolerate them, but embrace them in the fullness of their meaning and provision of experience.

Reminds me, ever so slightly, of Dr. Humps and Henry David Thoreau. Out of nostalgia, here's the quote from Junior year. Please try to contain your joy, excitement, and wonderment (jk have at it ;)). Over and out!

"I went to the woods to because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience..." Henry David Thoreau


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