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Whoever takes up the sword shall perish by the sword. And whoever does not take up the sword (or lets it drop) shall perish on the cross.
-Simone Weil

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In which we don’t die, but break and break and break again and burn (for three years only) like sulphur torches at midnight.

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One Of My Turns

It’s an exceptional, revelatory-but-heartbreaking feeling when you become aware of being old enough for Pink Floyd. When you’ve finally lived through enough to get them. When you nod in approval at something that scared you witless only a year ago.

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Diet Mountain Dew, baby, New York city
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we’ll be in love forever
Do you think we’ll be in love

(a rather Eliotesque repetition, that)

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Random break from randomness.

I was talking to a friend a while ago about how discouraged I felt with regard to, well, life. Trying to cheer me up a bit, he pulled up a thick book that some may be familiar with and started reading this particular fragment:

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.
And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

– Ecclesiastes 1:1-18

Comforting.

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Those Without Fear

I am such a fangirl.

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Nostalgia

noun
1.
a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one’s life, to one’s home or homeland, or to one’s family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time: a nostalgia for his college days.
2.
something that elicits or displays nostalgia.

[C18: New Latin (translation of German Heimweh homesickness), from Greek nostos a return home + -algia ]

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