Borrowing

“We are at the bottom of a ditch and there is just a parcel of air to be found, a parcel and when it is done, we push at the space, and another little space of air presents itself.  Who can talk of love?  There is only air – or none, and if there is none then there is nothing at all.”

“All of a sudden, he thought, all of a sudden, nothing is enough for me.”

“But if life is just that, just being reasonable, then there is nothing in it – nothing worthwhile.  So, the yearning that we have to keep dead things living – or to make unreasonable things reasonable.  That is why a person should live.

— Is it a paradox?

— I don’t think it is.  I think the whole thought makes sense together.  Neither side is complete.”

“I am alive, he thought, and now I am capable of living.”

–Jesse Ball, A Cure for Suicide

Ball - Gerard - Suicide

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3 thoughts on “Borrowing

  1. Hmmm…I tend to think of “life” as wholly unreasonable and do my best not to try and make it reasonable. “Reasonable” being an entirely human concept and 99.99999999999+% of the universe being quite beyond human conception. Or perception, for that matter.

"A word is a bridge thrown between myself and an other - a territory shared by both" - M. Bakhtin

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